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Product Details

  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585367982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585367986
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 1-4-After her first encounter with the horrific practice of bear farming in China, Robinson made it her life's work to rescue and rehabilitate as many of these abused animals as possible. She has also worked to end the cruel practice of bile extraction. Jasper's Story tells of one moon bear and how he came to symbolize the forgiveness and trust that come with love. He had been held in a tiny cage where he could neither sit nor move nor lie down for more than 10 years. At the time of his rescue, he was both physically and emotionally battered, but through the gentle care of Robinson and her helpers, he can play and interact with other bears and humans, and seems to have forgiven the cruelties that were once inflicted upon him. He sets a courageous example for both his bear companions and for his human advocates. And through the work of Robinson, bile farming is a waning practice in Asia. Poetic language and soft-toned realistic watercolor illustrations offer a story of courage and hope. Useful as a read aloud in conjunction with animal welfare and nature studies.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NYα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Get ready to wipe away a few tears after reading this. Robinson has dedicated her life to rescuing the bears of China that have been abused by those extracting bear bile for use in traditional Asian medicines. Jasper is one of them, a moon bear, held in a tiny cage for 15 years before arriving at Robinson’s center in China, called Animals Asia. At first, he is wary, even violent, but as Robinson and her team methodically integrate him into the community, Jasper becomes the poster bear for all that can be accomplished. Eventually, he’s an ambassador to newcomer bears, touching and patting them to make them feel more comfortable. The text is a bit overwritten in the beginning, but as the book follows Jasper’s progress, it settles down to a moving narrative. The sturdy acrylic illustrations are derived from van Frankenhuyzen’s photographs taken at the sanctuary, and their tracking of Jasper’s journey to wellness captures both the effort and emotion. A final two-page-spread afterword tells more about Robinson and her work. Grades 2-5. --Ilene Cooper

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Parents wishing to encourage a compassionate world view will do well with Jasper's Story.
J. Prather
It's a beautiful and non-threatening way to educate children and adults as to the dreadful plight of the magnificent endangered Moon Bears.
Stacie Dagres
This is a very special book, superbly illustrated, an absolute joy to read about saving Jasper.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I hesitate to admit that I only recently became aware of the plight of the Moon Bear. The deplorable abuse suffered by these bears is terrible to consider. Jasper's Story is important because it helps to shine a light on their situation and the efforts of folks like Jill Robinson who have dedicated their lives to helping them.

Jasper's Story begins with a description of the Moon Bear in the wild. We then follow a group of caged bears that are travelling to the Moon Bear Rescue Centre where they are met by a team of workers dedicated to their care and rehabilitation. Robinson tells this story in an easy, free flowing narrative which does not shy away from the animal's pain and fear, but still keeps it at a level that is accessible to even the very young. We follow Jasper from his surgeries to repair the physical effects of his confinement through the rehabilitation to repair the emotional effects. Grass must be experienced for the first time, muscles must be worked and built back up to strength, and Jasper must once again learn to interact with other bears.

The author leaves no doubt that the most important thing Jasper must learn is to trust again and embrace his new life. This he does, serving as an example of the power of love, caring, and forgiveness. Jasper's Story is unabashedly emotional and dramatic. The beautiful illustrations in this book only enhance what is sure to be a powerful moment for young animal lovers as they learn about these beautiful creatures. Jasper's Story is an excellent choice for any young animal lover's collection. Parents wishing to encourage a compassionate world view will do well with Jasper's Story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bamac on May 4, 2013
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This is a very special book, superbly illustrated, an absolute joy to read about saving Jasper. Every process of Jasper's rehabilitation is written and explained so a child can understand the steps taken to get this beautiful bear back physically and mentally. A beautiful gift for any child.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stacie Dagres on July 12, 2013
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I love this touching story. It's a beautiful and non-threatening way to educate children and adults as to the dreadful plight of the magnificent endangered Moon Bears. Please help Animals Asia continue their rescue work!.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pups 'n Kits on November 13, 2013
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Excellent story and good for children. I read it and then gave it to a friend who likes to put animal books in her waiting room, especially those for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M on June 25, 2014
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Bear bile farms are a sad and disturbing reality that is hard for anyone to comprehend. Jill Robinson, her team of vets and her bears are wonderful. This is a compassionate story that follows the life of one bear. It isn't preachy about animal rights, it is simply the facts. I think kids will have a lot of questions about why these bears are treated so poorly. I think adults will have those questions too. It is written in a gentle way that won't shock readers but treats moon bears with the respect and admiration they deserve.
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