First Edition of Father Bear Comes Home; Signed by Maurice Sendak
Father Bear Comes Home.
Minarik, Else Holmelund; Illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
Item Number: 7223
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1959.
First edition. Octavo, original illustrated boards. Signed by Maurice Sendak on the front free endpaper. In near fine condition.
Else Holmelund Minarik first introduced readers to her timeless character in the classic Little Bear. Publication of this book, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak, launched the I Can Read series. The illustrator Maurice Sendak received the 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where the Wild Things Are; the 1970 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration; the 1983 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, given by the American Library Association in recognition of his entire body of work; and a 1996 National Medal of Arts in recognition of his contribution to the arts in America. In 2003, he received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, an international prize for children's literature established by the Swedish government.