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Face to Face with Grizzlies

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Joel Sartore has been face-to-face with a grizzly bear—and lived to tell this and other great tales in Face to Face with Grizzlies. Through stunning photography and engaging storytelling, this expert challenges young readers to coexist with this fearsome creature. Along with his vast experience and knowledge, Sartore’s contagious passion for the grizzly shines through on every page of this fascinating book.
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Overview

Joel Sartore has been face-to-face with a grizzly bear—and lived to tell this and other great tales in Face to Face with Grizzlies. Through stunning photography and engaging storytelling, this expert challenges young readers to coexist with this fearsome creature. Along with his vast experience and knowledge, Sartore’s contagious passion for the grizzly shines through on every page of this fascinating book.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The face of the grizzly on the cover is enough to get any kid to open the book and start turning the pages. Sartore and a host of others were poised to photograph the famous fishing bears of Brooks Falls, Alaska. Normally there is no problem—the bears are too busy feeding—but on this day Sartore almost had a run in with a mother who was feeding with her two cubs. Fortunately he did the right thing and escaped unharmed. His photographs are spectacular, such as the grizzlies with a snow covered range or a fabulous skyline in the background. Sartore shows the bears at play, chasing prey, and being tranquilized and outfitted with a radio collar so their movements can be tracked. He notes that grizzlies outside of Alaska are having a hard time with the incursion of humans, fires, and disease. The final pages address how readers can help protect the bears, and also how to become a budding animal photographer. If a young reader is working on a report, the facts-at-a-glance, glossary, and find-out-more sections will be particularly helpful. The latter includes printed materials as well as web sites. An excellent book for school, public library, and home use. Look for other titles in the "Face to Face" series.
School Library Journal

Gr 3-6
These books have remarkable color photos and intriguing observations. Engaging stories about the photographers' field experiences are punctuated with factual information about the animals yet focus on situations that will encourage young researchers to take up a camera, too. Murawski tells how to find caterpillars and discusses their developmental stages, body parts, diet problems, and self-defense mechanisms. Heavy on safety recommendations, the second title provides generalizations about diet, hibernation, and what bear biologists are learning from radio-collaring grizzlies and the animals' loss of habitat. Both books have a closing "Facts at a Glance" section and advice on how to go about self-directed research. Attractive, well written, and fascinating.
—Nancy CallCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Tracking grizzlies from Alaska to the Rocky Mountains, a frequent National Geographic photographer, in a first book for children, gives young readers a first-hand account of daily life of these huge endangered mammals. Photos take center stage, showing bears eating, greeting, sleeping and playing with their cubs. While much of his narrative is in a friendly, personal tone, the author stresses the need to protect the environment of the bear, shows the much diminished range of grizzlies and provides brief facts, a glossary and further reading. Side panels give tips for readers who travel beyond the armchair-for example "How to Not Get Eaten by a Grizzly." A glossy picture essay that young nature fans will enjoy browsing. (Nonfiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426304743
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/12/2009
  • Series: Face to Face with Animals Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 428,572
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Sartore
Joel Sartore is an acclaimed nature photographer and his 20 years in the field include 14 with the National Geographic Society. His assignments have taken him everywhere from the Amazon rain forests to Alaska to Yellowstone Park.

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