Little Bear, the creation of Else Holmelund Minarik, has been amongst the first books read by children for fifty years. Yet the books remain popular, timeless classics that today’s first graders will probably be sharing with their own children in the decades to come.
Little Bear is just like any other small boy, living his day-to-day life in the care of a loving and tender mother. The book is broken into four chapters, which are unrelated stories. Little Bear goes out a cold winter day, attempts to fly to the moon, has a birthday, and asks for a story at bedtime. His mother is present in each story, caring for him and encouraging him. It is perhaps this image of a beloved child that has led to the book’s enduring popularity.
Each page has between five and ten sentences. There are pictures on every page, generally placed on an uncluttered white background. The colors are more pastel and limited than the average modern book, but this works well, lending to the gentle feel of the book overall.