Moon in Bear's Eyes

Moon in Bear's Eyes

by Stephen R. Swinburne, Crista Forest
     
 

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After a long winter of hibernation, mother grizzly bear emerges from her den with two little cubs. Now she must teach them to navigate their environment, forage for food, and defend their finds.

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After a long winter of hibernation, mother grizzly bear emerges from her den with two little cubs. Now she must teach them to navigate their environment, forage for food, and defend their finds.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2-4--Engaging, photoreal paintings on double-page spreads show a mother grizzly and her two cubs as they emerge from hibernation in Yellowstone National Park, revel in the spring, forage for food, and escape predators. The lovely illustrations and attractive format make this book stand out among many on the subject. The thoughtful, lively, slice-of-life narrative keeps information at a minimum until the author's note, which summarizes the vital facts about these animals. A brief list for further reading and two Web sites are included. Steve Potts's The Grizzly Bear (Capstone, 1997) and Dieter Betz's The Bear Family (Tambourine, 1992) offer more straightforward information, but this appealing presentation makes a worthwhile purchase.--Kathleen McCabe, East Meadow Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A slice-of-life look at a mother grizzly and her two cubs in Yellowstone National Park. After a winter's hibernation, a grizzly "explodes in a shower of snow from the entrance of its den," followed by two three-month-old cubs. Mother grizzly adjusts to the light, reads the wind, and initiates the search for food. She sates herself on roots and bulbs, pulls a ground squirrel from its hole, and spies a hawk without great action. The face of a boar grizzly then significantly fills the page, and mother grizzly confronts the young male over an elk carcass, fighting to protect her cubs with snapping jaw and slashing claws until the male bolts into the woods. Readers interested enough to follow a grizzly through a typical day may pick up tidbits of information along the way, but the overall search for food never emerges as a real story. Snowy landscapes deepened by red sunsets give way to the green, flowering meadows of April in Yellowstone, the perfect naturalistic scenery for outdoor panoramas showcasing the shaggy-coated creatures nuzzling, hunting, loping, tussling, and resting. The horizontal spreads are broken only by left and right hand blocks of text set against a light beige background imitative of aspen bark—a nice touch. An extensive author's note outlines size, characteristics, and habitat; a list of further reading includes two bear web sites. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590783306
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Stephen R. Swinburne is a writer, photographer, and naturalist. He is the author of numerous nature books for children. He and his wife, Heather, and their two children live in South Londonderry, Vermont.

Crista Forest was born and raised in southern California, where she still lives today. She has illustrated a few books, including Shockers of the Sea by Carolyn Arnold and Northern Refuge by Audrey Fraggalosch.

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