Who drew the original Care Bears? 1983 book illustrations

 The Care Bears are a roly-poly bunch with a very special mission.

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Care Bears are multi-colored bears, originally painted in 1981 by artist Elena Kucharik to be used on greeting cards from American Greetings.

The Care Bears were created after the popularity of another character the American Greetings card company created, Strawberry Shortcake.

1983 Care Bears Commercial

Here is a commercial for the original Care Bears American Greetings Card line.

Elena Kucharik who drew the Care Bears is a children's illustrator known for her artwork across the entire line of Care Bears items from the 1980s.


1983 Care Bears' Garden Illustrated book pictures

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In 1983, the characters were turned into plush teddy bears.

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Care Bear Bedtime Bear Plush Toy

What do the different Care Bears represent?

The bears each have a different color and an image on their belly, explaining which qualities they represent.

The 10 original Care Bears were

  • Bedtime Bear
  • Birthday Bear
  • Cheer Bear
  • Friend Bear
  • Funshine Bear
  • Good Luck Bear
  • Grumpy Bear
  • Love-a-Lot Bear
  • Tenderheart Bear
  • Wish Bear.

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These days there are 39 Care Bear characters, each with its own color, personality, and tummy symbol.

Where do the Care Bears live?

Care-a-Lot is the home in the clouds where the Care Bears live. It is made of fluffy white clouds, rainbows, and star and heart-shaped creatures.

It was actually based on the characters of Lancelot. 

Care-A-Lot, like the land of Camelot. 

That is also what the main Care Bear is named Love-A-Lot. A play on the name Lancelot.

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picture of children's book artwork

The original artwork for the cards was painted and used for the greeting cards. They were also painted that way in these promotional mini-books.

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The Care Bears Mini-Books series had a total of four books.

  • Care Bears' Garden
  • Care Bear's Help Out
  • Meet The Care Bears
  • The Care Bears & The New Baby

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