________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 10 . . . . January 18, 2002

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The Adventures of Baby Bear. (Nature Babies).

Aubrey Lang. Photography by Wayne Lynch.
Toronto, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001.
32 pp., cloth, $15.95.
ISBN 1-55041-670-7.

Subject Heading:
Black bear-Infancy-Juvenile literature.

Kindergarten-grade 2 / Ages 5-7.

Review by Lisa Sykes.

*** /4

excerpt:

image The sun feels warm on the cub's fur.

She can smell the forest for the first time, and she is curious. She crawls onto a rock followed by one brother.

A big black crow flies overhead and caws. Frightened, the little cubs duck their heads.

But soon they are ready to explore again.

The Adventures of Baby Bear follows the same pattern as Baby Penguin, the first book in the non-fiction "Nature Babies" series. Lang and Lynch open with a short introduction describing a mother black bear who has just given birth to three cubs. The bears hibernate in a den all winter, but, by spring, the young cubs are active and eager to explore. Once again, the book is filled with factual information regarding the cubs' size, diet, relationship with the mother bear, behaviour and growth. The book concludes with a "Did You Know?" trivia page.

     As the title suggests, The Adventures of Baby Bear is presented in a more story-like fashion. Consequently, the text flows well, and the reader is able to get a sense of the cubs' relationship with and dependence upon their mother. The photographs capture in great detail the bears' features/appearance and their natural habitat. The photographs also alternate between the full page and smaller photos (see concern noted in Baby Penguin review).

     As with Baby Penguin, the book unfortunately does not contain an index, glossary or other organizational devices.

     Overall, The Adventures of Baby Bear is an informative read that flows well. The photographs communicate a great deal about the early life of a black bear, and this book is better suited to a young (K-2) audience.

Recommended.

Lisa Sykes has worked as an early years teacher and teacher-librarian in Winnipeg MB. She is currently at home enjoying her time with her two young children.

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