Bears belong in the woods―they can find everything they need to survive there. But what happens when people start knocking down trees and building houses where the woods used to be? This young black bear is about to find out. He wakes one spring to find his territory completely changed. When the curious bear dares to come closer and closer to the houses, he discovers backyards and trashcans are an easy place to find food. But it's dangerous for people and bears to live so close together. What will happen when the bear is discovered right in someone's backyard?
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Anne Rockwell has been aware of the conflict between human and wildlife habitat since a family of whitetail deer settled right outside her studio window. Flying squirrels have also found their way inside, and an inquisitive woodchuck sometimes peers into Anne's windows to see what she's up to. So far there are no bears, but who knows? And she doesn't even live in a forest, but in suburban Greenwich, Connecticut. Anne is the beloved author of countless books for young readers. Visit her Web site at www.annerockwell.com.
Megan Halsey has been illustrating children's books for more than seventeen years.
Backyard Bear is her fortieth book and her eighth collaboration with Anne Rockwell. She is also an editorial illustrator, creating art for ad agencies, magazines, and book jackets. Megan teaches children's book design and illustration in Marywood University's graduate degree program. She lives in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Marty. Visit her Web site at www.meganhalseyart.com.
In a story that would comfortably fit in both picture-book and easy nonfiction collections, a mother bear enters a cave in the woods and gives birth to a cub. When spring comes, the bears pass the seasons in the wild until it's time to hibernate. Upon emerging from their cave the next spring, however, they find that the woods have given way to a housing development. When the cub is spotted rummaging through the garbage near one of the houses, the game warden comes to relocate the cub "far away from the new houses to a place where bears could roam." A short author's note explains the plight of bears in populated areas and gives a few suggestions to keep bears away. With cartoon-style figures in uncluttered settings, the pen-and-ink and muted watercolor illustrations, set against pale orange backgrounds, complement the simplicity of the text, making the story and the conservation message it conveys accessible to very young audiences. Randall Enos
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Book Description Walker Childrens, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110802795730