A Kiss for Little Bear
By Elsie Holmelund Minarik
Illustrated by Maurice Sendak
Publisher: HarperCollins, 32 pages
I was introduced to Minarik's delightful characters via the animated television series shown on Nickleodeon on weekday mornings. Little Bear and his parents, his friends Cat, Hen, Duck and Emily, the little girl, are even more wonderful in print!
In this book (my favourite in the series), Little Bear sends a picture to his grandmother who likes it so much she thanks him with a kiss that is carried to him by various animals including his friends, a frog and a couple of skunks who are so inspired by the caress that they decide to marry!
Fans of Sendak should pay special attention to the picture drawn Little Bear - you're in for a surprise that will surely make you smile!