Friday, July 20, 2012
Else Holmelund Minarik, R.I.P.
Else Holmelund Minarik, author of the beloved Little Bear books, passed away last week at the age of 91. I have enjoyed Little Bear and its sequels with my own children and countless students. Thank you, Ms. Minarik--Little Bear will always hold a special place in my heart.
Besides being an author, Minarik worked as a journalist and as a first grade teacher. She and her family immigrated to the US from Denmark when she was four.
Minarik's sweetly humorous easy-to-read books are lovely, and Maurice Sendak's exquisite pen-and-ink drawings perfectly complement the text.
Little Bear (1957)
Father Bear Comes Home (1959)
Little Bear's Friend (1960)
Little Bear's Visit (1961)
A Kiss for Little Bear (1968)
Another well-loved Minarik-Sendak easy-to-read book is No Fighting, No Biting, published in 1958.
Here is her obituary from The Hornbook Magazine.