MAURICE SENDAK (1928-2012) "A very young mouse scurried up. He thought Little Bear was a tree."
Preliminary sketch for "Little Bear's New Friend" by Else Holmelund Minarik, published in Nick Jr. Magazine, December/January 2001. Graphite on tracing paper. 197x165 mm; 7 3/4x6 1/4 inches. Signed "Maurice Sendak" in pencil, lower right. Archivally matted and framed to 13 1/4x12 1/4 inches.
This appearance constituted the first revival of the beloved series "Little Bear" and its titular character after a 30-year hiatus.