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GROWING UP GRIZZLY; THE TRUE STORY OF BAYLEE AND HER CUBS

Author: Douglas H Chadwick

Illustrator: Amy Shapira, concept and photographs

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Publisher: Falcon Guide, an Imprint of Globe Pequot Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Emmett seemed to be lost. He spent his days in this remote cove in Alaska, mostly looking lonely. He needed friends. Then one day, he happened upon Baylee (a momma grizzly) and her three new cubs. Emmett decided to join their family, and after some initial protests, Baylee decided to let him stay. Two winters passed, and Emmett stayed with Baylee and her cubs. Would he ever venture out on his own? This is a photographic journey that follows the life of Baylee, her three cubs and their adopted bear.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: Our child listened intently to the book and was captivated by the pictures. We read this one several times before s/he was ready to move on to something else.

Adult Reader Reaction: The story is good, but the photography is incredible. There is a good balance between text and photos ... plenty for the kids to look at and time enough for you to finish reading before they want the page turned. It's nice to know there are still quiet, beautiful places on earth.

Pros: This is an animal story everyone can enjoy. If you are an adoptive family with a child who was adopted a little bit older, this could be a particularly sweet tale for you.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a nice story (with a happy ending) that kids of all ages can enjoy. Middle readers will love the fact that there are pictures to go along with "all that reading" they have to do.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MY LITTLE BOOK OF BURROWING OWLS   A RIVER RAN WILD: An Environmental History   BABY BEAR DISCOVERS THE WORLD

Educational Themes: The photography is so vivid that you can use the book to teach kids about bears and bear habitat. It's also useful as a story about natural selection.

Notes: The authors pledge to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to Vital Ground, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting and restoring North America's grizzly bear population through wildlife habitat conservation.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animals

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2007

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