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  • Posted May 12, 2010

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    Mooning Over a Beautiful Bear

    The "Moon Bear" is an (endangered) Asiatic Black Bear so beautiful it seems almost like a magical creature - inky black, with white crescent accents, hence its nickname. In fact, if there is a weakness to this book it's that as good as Ed Young is, his collages don't really convey as well as the photographs at the back (or the video trailer, found elsewhere on this page) how exquisite a creature the moon bear is.That said, this is a worthy book that will enchant animal lovers among the lap-sit crowd. Guiberson's text reads like haiku as she follows the quotidian path of the moon bear: awakening, eating, foraging (so they can eat some more), napping. (This is the life for me: eat rest eat rest eat rest. Where can I line up work like this?) She answers the old rhetorical question about what bears do in the woods with finesse: "Who plucks raspberries / and plops red scat in the tangle? Blissful moon bear, / feasting on juicy summer fruit." (Although you'll probably have to explain to little listeners what "scat" is, they'll love that detail, no doubt.) An author's note includes information about the ways in which people are trying to keep the species from going extinct, which includes the creators of this book's decision to donate a portion of the profits to the Animals Asia Foundation, which works to prevent the poaching that has threatened the moon bear's existence.

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