Book Review: Little Bear

by Melissa on January 25, 2010 · 2 comments

in 4-8, ATOS 2.0-2.9, Classic, Lexile 300-399, Part of a series or set

Title: Little Bear
Series: Little Bear
Publisher: Harper Trophy
Author:Elsa Holmelund Minarik
Lexile: [?] 370L
ATOS Level: [?] 2.4
Parent Rating:
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Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)
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Little Bear’s four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.


No content to worry about, except Mother Bear has a few moments where she might be considered unsupportive by parents of this generation.


None [?]

Sexual Content







Little Bear can’t find Mother Bear and so decides to cook some soup by himself. Of note if you have a child who thinks this is a good idea. Little Bear wants to fly to the moon and tells his mother different ways he’s going to.  She disses him with: ‘And maybe you are a fat little bear cub with no wings and no feathers.’ Finally, he tells her a bunch of delightful wishes he has and she keeps saying, ‘You can’t have that wish, my Little Bear.’ Until he asks for something she thinks is reasonable and she says, ‘Well, maybe you can have that wish. That is just a little wish.’  I’m just sayin’…



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Susan January 26, 2010 at 12:31 am

This is a terrific site! I like that you have flagged-up the less than supportive attitude of the normally patient Mother Bear in this particular volume (which I haven’t yet read.) I hope against hope that she found a large cardboard box, and attempted to accompany him on his lunar quest. :)

Melissa January 26, 2010 at 8:21 am

Hey Susan! I hope she pulls herself together and let’s Little Bear be an imaginative cub without the harsh realities of life before he’s 5. :) This was a bit of a tough review on an iconic children’s book, but I try to flag anything that catches me by surprise.
Thanks for popping by!

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