Eat Like a Bear

Eat Like a Bear

by April Pulley Sayre, Steve Jenkins

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Can you eat like a bear?

A sleepy bear awakes in spring and goes to find food. But what is there to eat in April? In May? Follow along and eat like a bear throughout the year: fish from a stream, ants from a tree, and delicious huckleberries from a bush. Fill up your belly and prepare for the long winter ahead, when you'll snuggle into your warm den

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Can you eat like a bear?

A sleepy bear awakes in spring and goes to find food. But what is there to eat in April? In May? Follow along and eat like a bear throughout the year: fish from a stream, ants from a tree, and delicious huckleberries from a bush. Fill up your belly and prepare for the long winter ahead, when you'll snuggle into your warm den and snore like a bear once again.

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Publishers Weekly
★ 08/19/2013
Sayre and Jenkins follow Vulture View (2007) with a similarly excellent study of brown bears that’s in equal parts poetic and enlightening. Clipped, second-person verse lets readers imagine themselves as bears that have just awoken from a winter’s hibernation. “Can you eat like a bear?” Sayre asks as the book opens. “Awake in April. Find food./ But where?” Repeated throughout as the months pass, the “find food” line reads like a mantra, underlining how much of a bear’s life is dedicating to acquiring food to sustain itself, not always an easy task (an elk calf proves too fast to catch). An extensive appendix—about bears’ eating habits, hibernation, and interactions with humans—explains that brown bears are omnivorous, and the book bears that out (no pun intended). In May, the brown bear “Chomp parsnip stems” and dandelions, while later months have him eating ants, trout, roots, and an unlucky ground squirrel (“Grab and crunch/ a meaty lunch”). Jenkins’s torn-paper collages are typically exquisite in their naturalistic detail; the bark paper he uses for the bear is especially well-suited to capturing its grizzled, hulking furriness. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)

Expressive narration and careful pictorial depiction.
The Horn Book

Sayre invites readers to imagine themselves as a brown bear in the American West . . . Jenkins's torn-paper illustrations are reproduced with such clarity that one can almost grasp the thick, fuzzy fur of the bear.
starred review on Vulture View Booklist

* Rarely has a book about these scavengers gotten such a gorgeous treatment.
Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
The team that created award-winning Vulture View (Henry Holt, 2007) brings young zoologists an equally distinctive look at brown bears and their eating cycles, based on bears of Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. Sayre’s pithy, poetic text takes a female bear from April, when she awakens, through November as she hollows out a den for winter. Kids will discover that brown bears are omnivorous, as they imagine themselves chomping like a bear through horsetail stems and perhaps a frozen bison carcass. Later the bear finds ants and chases a stray elk calf (not caught), and, while bathing, snags a juicy trout. In summer, the bear digs for roots and dines on moths and an occasional ground squirrel. Autumn brings berries and pinenuts from “a squirrel’s pinecone stash/ Nibble, shred, crunch and smash.” Now it’s time for the fattened bear to gather branches and leaves for her den and settle in. The last spread shows her curled around two tiny cubs—the year has been successful. Jenkins’s exquisite torn-and-cut paper collages bring the bear close from varied perspectives, adding delicate details like individual hairs and eyebrows, the shine of the fish’s scales, and the joints of the horsetails. Handmade Mexican paper (from fig-tree bark) chosen for the bear’s fur is absolutely perfect to create its shaggy texture and shadings, while other collage elements (dandelions, rocks, snowy slopes, eagles, and bees) indicate the bear’s habitat. Two “Meet the Bears” pages add fascinating information on hibernation, weight of bears, dangers of feeding bears in parks, and the future of grizzlies, now threatened in the lower U.S. Young readers inspired by this beautiful and absorbing book will enjoy Jeannie Brett’s Wild About Bears (Charlesbridge, 2014), presenting some other bears of the world. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3—Posing the question, "Can you eat like a bear?" this book follows a brown bear as it forages for food throughout the year. Emerging from hibernation in April, the animal sets out on its quest. Each month provides a different delicacy: crispy roots and a ground squirrel in July, juicy huckleberries in September, a stash of pinecones in October. All serve to fatten up the omnivorous creature as it prepares once again for hibernation. The short text is set in a clear, large font and that, coupled with the big, full-color, cut- and torn-paper collage illustrations, makes it a natural for sharing with a group. The mammals themselves are rendered by using handmade Mexican bark paper. Its rough nature gives them greater impact and dimension on the pages. The extensive end notes provide details about the diet of the brown bear, or Ursus artos, its threatened status, and current scientific studies. This additional information increases the usefulness of the title, making it a viable classroom and research tool. That, along with the beautiful art, makes this a first choice for most libraries.—Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-01
With a subject not quite as underappreciated as their previous book's (Vulture View, 2007) but giving it just as stunning treatment, Sayre and Jenkins follow a bear's eating habits throughout the year. A grizzled, lumbering bear wakes up in the springtime. What is there to eat? The bear sniffs the air. Crunches a few dandelions. Pause. "With long, strong claws, / dig in. Dig down. / Paw and claw and pull. / Find … // … ants! / Chew them, / sour and squirming. / Lick your lips." As the months go by, bears eat many different types of food. Often thought to be powerful, top-of-the-food-chain predators, bears find that delicate berries and pine cones are tasty treats too. Sayre does not shy away from the carnivorous meals, but gruesome details happen off the page. Jenkins creates incredible scenery full of majestic mountains, crisp streams and a sublimely textured bear. (The bear's fuzzy coat is created with handmade fig-bark paper--a fruit, which given the opportunity, a bear would likely love to munch!) Key food-finding action words such as drink, search, forage, hunt, gather and eat lead up to perhaps the most important one of all: prepare. The bear, full from months of feasting, settles down into a warm, cozy den. Inquisitive, informed and lyrical; an intriguing extension to hibernation classics. (appended facts, author's note) (Informational picture book. 4-8)

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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10.30(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.44(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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