Title: Wild About Bears
By Jeannie Brett
Published by Charlesbridge, March 2014
Eight bear species live on earth today: the polar bear, brown bear, North American black bear, spectacled bear, Asiatic black bear, sloth bear, sun bear, and giant panda.
I want you to be honest, hands up those of you who could have named all eight of these bears! I knew it, most of you were as surprised as me by some of these names, right? And you will be even more delighted by the illustrations, descriptions, behavior, habitats and locations you will discover about these eight species. I don’t want to spoil your discoveries, but let me tempt you with a couple of facts. The brown bear can weigh up to 1,000 pounds! The sloth bear shares its habitat with tigers! 32 pages packed with gems about these animals and their unique place in the world’s biodiversity.
Why I Like This Book:
From the beautiful spectacled bear on the front cover to fifteen illustrations in the habitat glossary at the back of the book, Jeannie Brett’s art and text bring these eight bears and their lives to life for young readers. This book will be on permanent hold in school libraries as I know many youngsters will adore the fascinating facts a friendly ursine features. This is the third nonfiction picture book I have reviews this month and as with the other two, I learned many new things myself. If you have a young animal enthusiast in your family this would make a great gift. The research has been thorough, but just the right amount of detail has been included for child readers. I was very happy to see a couple of paragraphs at the end of the book on some of the dangers bears face worldwide. Many of the NF picture books about bears focus on just one species, often panda or polar bears, so it is a great resource to have one covering all eight species!
- The final pages of the book include: a map of the location of the eight species, their fifteen habitats and a page of suggested books and websites for supplemental information.
- Jeannie Brett did a wonderful interview recently with me here.
- Jeannie’s website contains more resources for inquisitive minds.
- I would definitely get the paints out and have the children paint their favorite of the eight species!
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