Moon Bear is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Moon bears, or Asiatic black bears, are named for the white moon-shaped blaze on their chests. Moon bears are seldom seen but their footprints, claw marks, hair, and bear nests high in the trees give us clues about how they live. Sadly, there are now more moon bears in captivity than in the wild, as these animals are being "farmed" for their commercially valuable bile.
Brenda Guiberson's lyrical text and Ed Young's stunning illustrations combine in a winning tribute to this endangered species. Follow one moon bear in the wild as she eats, plays, hibernates, and wakes up again in spring.
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.10(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Brenda Z. Guiberson is the author of many books for children, including The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea, Life in the Boreal Forest, The Emperor Lays an Egg, and the best-selling Cactus Hotel. She lives near Seattle, Washington.
Ed Young is a Caldecott Medalist, a two-time Caldecott Honor Book artist, and has been twice nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award. He has illustrated many books for children, including Cat and Rat.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
¿Moon Bear¿ by Brenda Z. Guiberson and Ed Young is a simple story, appropriate for the ages of about 4 to 8. The story focuses on a year in the life of a female moon bear (or Asiatic black bear) in the wild of Southeast Asia, and consequently educates the reader about moon bears and endangered species. There isn't a lot of text and it's set out in a call-and-response format. Guiberson also applies quite a bit of alliteration to the prose, which is effective. Young's illustrations are unusual and quite impressive, as they are collages, that incorporate illustrations, as well as photos of natural materials and wildlife. I think the inclusion of natural materials such as bark and plants especially compliments the whole environment theme. In addition to this the last 2 pages of ¿Moon Bear¿ are very useful, consisting of information and photos of moon bears, and a website address of how we can help protect them. I can see a lot of use for this book, particularly in a science or social studies class. My only criticism is that a glossary would be helpful for certain words younger readers may not be familiar with, such as ¿Himalayas¿ and ¿monsoon¿.
Very factual story describing the characteristics of a Moon Bear. Insert on the back describing the Moon Bear and ways to help conserve the endangered species.
This is an absolutely breathtaking book. Ed Young's artwork is amazing. Children will be captivated by this lovely picturebook and most certainly want to learn more about this magnificent animal.
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.