Honey Paw and Lightfoot

Honey Paw and Lightfoot

by Jonathan London, Jon Van Zyle
     
 

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Following the success of their first book, The Eyes of Gray Wolf, this bestselling author/artist combination has teamed up again to create a compelling story about the endangered grizzly bear.
Readers will be entranced by the simple, poetic text, which follows Lightfoot from newborn bear, no bigger than a hamster, to curious cub to adolescent bear, ready

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Overview

Following the success of their first book, The Eyes of Gray Wolf, this bestselling author/artist combination has teamed up again to create a compelling story about the endangered grizzly bear.
Readers will be entranced by the simple, poetic text, which follows Lightfoot from newborn bear, no bigger than a hamster, to curious cub to adolescent bear, ready to head off on his own. The spectacular illustrations by one of Alaska's premier wildlife artists magnificently portray the intelligence and strength of the grizzly bear. And for readers who want to learn more, there is an afterword providing detailed information at the back of the book.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
The author and artist...poetically and artistically portray a grizzly's birth and coming of age. Publishers Weekly

...young readers will be drawn...to the combination of learning and fun...The book's implicit plea for wilderness preservation is eloquent. Booklist

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author and artist who produced The Eyes of Gray Wolf here poetically and artistically portray a grizzly's birth and coming of age. Borrowing nicknames given to brown bears by native peoples of Eurasia, London's narrative reflects a time-honored awe of the powerful creatures. When Honey Paw meets Old Man of the Mountains, "It was June, the mating moon of grizzlies,/ and that night, under stars,/ the two great bears/ became a pair." Soon after they part company, Honey Paw gives birth to Lightfoot, "a furry ball of hunger" whose adventures fill the rest of the tale. Bear fur, spring slush, river falls-Van Zyle's painterly illustrations capture these textures in full-bleed spreads somewhat reminiscent of Ted Rand's work. Similarly, the rhythms of London's carefully structured verse create simple yet affecting images of the natural world. An eloquent and informative endnote decries the threat of extinction of Ursus arctos. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811820370
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Lexile:
AD810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
1 - 12 Years

Read an Excerpt

If Lightfoot strayed, Honey Paw swatted him back into line.
But not all was the business of finding food; mother and cub liked to play.

Swoosh! Honey Paw and Lightfoot plunged down the slopes skidding to a stop in a shower of slush.
Again and again¬—swoosh!—sliding on belly,
back, and rump, rolling head over tail.

Meet the Author

Jonathan London is the author of more than fifty books for children. He lives in Northern California with his family. Read more about the inspiration behind Jonathan's work.

Jon Van Zyle is the official artist of both the Iditarod Sled Dog race and the International Federation of Sled Dog Sports. His posters and lithographs are prized by collectors. Mr. Van Zyle and his wife, Charlotte, live in Alaska, where they maintain a do

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