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Through the seasons and over years, Old Mother Bear's story unfolds. We watch her dig a winter den, give birth to three cubs, hunt for food, and defend her cubs against another bear. And we witness the cubs growing up, a bear growing old, and the imprint of her life upon the land. In luminous chalk paintings, three-time Caldecott Honor Book artist Molly Bang has captured all the warmth, beauty, and poetry of this extraordinary life. Includes substantial factual information on grizzly bears in an afterword.
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Victoria Miles is the author of Magnifico and Wild Science: Amazing Encounters between Animals and the People Who Study Them, as well as numerous other books for children. She lives in North Vancouver.From School Library Journal:
Grade 1–4—From the wide-open spaces of southern British Columbia comes this fictionalized tale of a mother grizzly bear and her cubs. In a documentary style, the story follows Mother Bear from the winter she birthed her last three cubs until her 27th and last hibernation. Using matter-of-fact language, the author treats her subjects with genuine respect and obvious admiration. She writes of topics like nursing, scent trails, and aging in the same casual tone as hibernation and eating. A beautiful example comes after she crawls into her last den: "...a crying storm descended upon the slope. But the grizzly knew nothing of it. She was already gone, past drowse and beyond winter. Her memory she left with every cub she had ever reared; her body she released to the mountain." The authentic portrayal of the animals makes the pastel illustrations an apt fit for the book's style. Bang portrays the cubs as small bears, not teddy bears. The focus of the art stays on the activities in the text with a few generous glimpses of the scenic views. When appropriate, the illustrator shows honest expressions on the face of mother bear. The length of the story and the slightly sophisticated vocabulary mark this as a read-together book. The informative nature of this honest tale will make it as educational for readers as it is enjoyable.—June Wolfe, Bushnell-Sage Library, Sheffield, MA
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Book Description Chronicle Books, SF, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Molly Bang (illustrator). 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition (1st printing). Small remainder mark on the bottom. Book. Seller Inventory # 039445
Book Description Chronicle Books, 2007. Condition: New. Molly Bang (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0811850331
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