Reviews for Little Bear's Valentine
Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 February 2003
PreS-K. Little Bear finds a secret valentine in his mailbox, so he visits each of his friends, Emily, Owl, Duck, and Hen, to see who sent it. He returns home, finds them all gathered around his mother's table for valentine cookies, and discovers that his secret admirer is much closer to home. Having been "based on the animated television series" that is based on Minarik's Little Bear character, this certainly hasn't the flair of the original books. Still, young children will enjoy the simple Valentine's Day story, and Green's pretty, Sendak-inspired depiction of the charming, rather sweet, and more colorful world that Little Bear now inhabits. ((Reviewed February 15, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2003 Spring
Little Bear delivers valentines to his friends, hoping to discover which one of them is his secret admirer; but none seems a likely culprit. Although stiffer and less expressive than Sendak's own work in the I Can Read series, the muted watercolors preserve the original books' cozy, old-fashioned feel, and Minarik's story, which ultimately reveals Mother Bear as the admirer, exudes an inviting domestic warmth. Copyright 2003 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2002 December #1
In Little Bear's Valentine, Else Holmelund Minarik continues the hero's adventures begun with Little Bear, with illustrations by Heather Green (after the style of Maurice Sendak, the original illustrator), based on Nick Jr.'s animated series. Little Bear makes Valentine's Day cards for friends Emily, Hen, Owl and Duck, but when he receives a card from a secret admirer, it keeps him smiling-and guessing-all day long.
School Library Journal Reviews 2002 December
PreS-Gr 2-This story is based on a television series, which in turn was based upon a series of books written by Minarik and illustrated by Sendak. The author has lost none of her ability to gently capture a child's point of view. Little Bear receives a valentine from his secret admirer, and, wondering who it is, he visits all of his friends to deliver valentines and ask their opinions. Readers get to join in the secret, however, as Mother Bear hovers in the background, whispering with each friend as her son leaves. The warm and cozy ending is just right, as all of Little Bear's friends and his secret admirer gather for Valentine cookies. Green's watercolor illustrations employ a soft palette and gentle lines that mediate between Sendak's sketchier style in the original books and the bolder tones of the television series. This is a pitch-perfect picture book with timeless appeal, and a rare example of what can happen when marketing of a classic series is handled with care and respect for the children to whom the books are intended.-Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.