Six-packs of I Can Read! books (Item #658695),
featuring beloved characters, are available now at
most Costco warehouses.
Classics for kids
Original Danny and the
Dinosaur and Berenstain
Bears sketches, above,
and Pete the Cat
© JAMES DEAN
©BERENSTAI NPUBLI SHI NG,INC. ©ESTATEOFSYDHOFF
OUR DIGITAL EDITIONS
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saur!” and that night, after the family went to
bed, Syd wrote the story.
One day while watching her
daughter play with their neighbor’s
frisky dog, author Alyssa Satin
Capucilli was struck by her daugh-
ter’s patience and gentle nature, as
well as the fact that her little girl thought the dog
understood every word she said. That was the
inspiration for the little yellow puppy and his
sweet companion. Pat Schories’ warm illustra-
tions capture their tender relationship.
—Stephanie E. Ponder
THIS YEAR marks the ;;th anniversary since
HarperCollins published its first book in the I
Can Read! series, Else Holmelund Minarik’s Little
Bear, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak. Since
then, the available titles have grown to include a
cast of much-loved characters, including Amelia
Bedelia, Frog and Toad, and the Berenstain Bears,
while giving young readers interesting and fun
books to develop their reading skills.
Here’s a look at the inspiration behind three
popular I Can Read! characters.
Pete the Cat
When author and artist James
Dean first saw Pete, he was a tiny
black kitten in a shelter. The little guy looked like he had been
starved, and his black fur was a mess.
At first, James had no interest in Pete—black
cats were bad luck, after all. But the scrawny little feline stuck his paw out of the cage, wanting
to play. Dean took Pete home. And even though
he chose to paint Pete the Cat blue (his favorite
color), he realizes now that black cats are actually very good luck.
Danny and the Dinosaur
In ;;;;, cartoonist Syd Hoff’s
daughter Susan was going through
a rough surgery, and one day Hoff
decided to draw a picture to cheer
her up. It showed a dinosaur with
Syd’s brother on its back. When Susan saw the
picture, she exclaimed, “Danny and the dino-