Outside My Window by Liesel Moak Skorpen

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There's a bear outside my window. He's looking in at me.

A sleepy little boy is so surprised to see a small, sad bear outside his window one night that he decides to invite him in.

Originally published in 1968, this charming, whimsical tale about an unlikely friendship is now re-illustrated in full color by best-selling author/artist Mercer Mayer, creator of the Little Critter® books.


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Liesel Moak Skorpen was born in Germany, and came to the United States as a young child. She grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and went on to attend Wells College and then Yale University. Originally published in 1968, "Outside My Window was her second picture book, and she went on to write many more. Ms. Skorpen lives with her husband in Maine. Mercer Mayer was born December 30, 1943 in Little Rock Arkansas. While attending school at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Mayer decided to enter the field of children's book illustration. He created a portfolio of sketches and peddled them wherever he could. He moved to New York City in 1964, pursuing further instruction at the Art Students League of New York, where he met an artist named Marianna who became his first wife. He soon created a new portofolio and with these new sketches persuaded editors at Dial Press and Harper & Row to give him some illustration work. Mayer published his first book, A Boy, a Dog, and a Frog, at Dial Press in 1967. It was notable for being a completely wordless picture book one that tells its story entirely through the use of pictures. Mayer was one of the first illustrators to be credited for using this format. Five more books in this series were to follow. Mayer joined Golden Publishing, creators of Little Golden Books, in 1976. Through them he has sold his "Little Critter" and "Little Monster" series, which are popular with beginning readers. His title Just Me and My Dad made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.
Published March 1, 1968 by Harper & Row. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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A little boy who claims ""there's a bear outside my window"" is told ""it's time for bed,"" but he can't sleep, and lets the bear in.

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Mercer Mayer adds color to his original illustrations for Outside My Window by Liesel Moak Skorpen, originally published in 1968.

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