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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Our Three Bears (Non-Fiction)

Released October 2008

Reviewed by Deb Fowler

Bears are very exciting animals to watch, but not up close! Three of the more interesting bears in North America are the black bear, the grizzly bear and the polar bear. Some children have been lucky enough to see one or more of these animals in the wild, but most have probably seen them only in zoos, on television or in wonderful books like this one.

The most common of the three, the black bear, can’t see very well, but if you have food hanging around he’s sure to find it by smelling it out. These are the bears that campers really want to keep at watchful eye out for. The Grizzly bear, or Alaskan brown bear, can stand ten feet tall and is a very heavy bear. He’s the one that even the black bear will consider running from. Polar bears are strong swimmers and are the “largest land predators on earth.” Do you know which of the three bears likes to play fight? Which one often takes naps all afternoon? Do you know which one climbs trees easily? You’ll just have to read the book to find out.

The photographs and text mesh beautifully. Often there are several sharp, interesting photographs on each page. There are “bear facts” scattered throughout the text, and several recommended web sites and books listed in the back. This is a book that children will love to read and one that will “bearly” stay on the shelves for any period of time.

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