Else Holmelund Minarik

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Else Holmelund Minarik (September 13, 1920 – July 12, 2012) was an American author of more than 40 children's books. She was most commonly associated with her Little Bear series of children's books, which were adapted for television. [1] Minarik was also the author of another well-known book, No Fighting, No Biting! [2] [3]

<i>Little Bear</i> (book)

Little Bear is a series of children's books, primarily involving the interaction of Little Bear and Mother Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Initially, the stories were simple, but eventually became more sophisticated in subsequent books as the plot and characters expanded.

Little Bear is an educational Canadian children's animated series based on the Little Bear series of books written by Else Holmelund Minarik, and illustrated by Maurice Sendak; the program was originally produced by CBC. It has been rebroadcast on many channels, including Noggin/Nick Jr. (U.S.), ABC and ABC2 (Australia), RTÉ (Ireland), TV2 and Children's BBC (UK). The show aired in reruns on Nick on CBS for one year from September 16, 2000, to September 8, 2001. A direct-to-video/DVD full-length feature film titled The Little Bear Movie was released in 2001.



Born in Fredericia, Denmark, Minarik immigrated to the United States at the age of four with her family. By 1940, Else had married Walter Minarik, who died in 1963. [1] After graduating from Queens College, City University of New York (B.A., 1942), she became a journalist, for the Daily Sentinel newspaper of Rome, New York, during World War II. She subsequently lived on Long Island, where she was employed as a first-grade teacher for the Commack School District. [2] She later lived in Nottingham, New Hampshire. Minarik married her second husband, Pulitzer-winning journalist Homer Bigart, in 1970; [1] after his death in 1991, she moved to Sunset Beach [3] in Brunswick County, North Carolina, where she continued writing longhand, as she always had. [4] [5]

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Minarik's last book, Little Bear and the Marco Polo, was published in 2010. After having suffered a heart failure at 91, she died at home from complications, on July 12, 2012. [2] [6] [7]

Selected bibliography

Maurice Sendak American illustrator and writer of childrens books

Maurice Bernard Sendak was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. He became widely known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963. Born to Polish-Jewish parents, his childhood was affected by the death of many of his family members during the Holocaust. Sendak also wrote works such as In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, and illustrated many works by other authors including the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik.

  1. Little Bear (1957)
  2. A Present for Mother Bear (1958)
  3. Father Bear Comes Home (1959)
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  6. A Kiss for Little Bear (1968)
  7. Little Bear and the Marco Polo (2010, illustrated by Dorothy Doubleday) [2]
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In Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web, and in the Little House series of books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Williams['s] drawings have become inseparable from how we think of those stories. In that respect ... Williams['s] work belongs in the same class as Sir John Tenniel's drawings for Alice in Wonderland, or Ernest Shepard's illustrations for Winnie the Pooh.

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