Named 2013 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12
by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council
"Move aside, panda ... Photographed here with affection and care, moon bears, also known as Asiatic black bears, rival their Chinese cousins in childlike appeal." --The New York Times
"The vibrant photographs provide a rare glimpse of a unique species." --Publisher's Weekly
"Looking positively fetching in the big, color photos, shaggy Yasha and his ursine cohorts grow visibly as they ramble through woodsy settings, splash in a river and survive an encounter with a prowling tiger before being deemed ready to live on their own." --Kirkus Reviews
"This warm accounting of a lifesaving partnership between animals and humans will be a popular addition for browsing." --School Library Journal
"Beautiful, full-color photographs help readers catch glimpses into the scientists’ efforts to return a bear to his natural habitat." --Library Media Connection
About the Author
LIA KVATUM loves to tell stories. She thinks a good story is not only entertaining, but is the way to inspire people to do good things. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband Kevin and baby girl Violet. This is her first book for National Geographic.
LIYA POKROVSKAYA was born in Moscow, Russia, and from childhood dreamed of working to save endangered animals around the world. In 2008, she graduated from Moscow State University as a specialist in vertebrate zoology. Her areas of interest are behavioral ecology, behavioral development, large carnivores, and social relations in animals. During her studies she has been on scientific expeditions to the White Sea, the Commander Islands, and Antarctica. She lived in the Russian Far East studying moon bears for almost two years. She has been named a National Geographic Young Explorer for 2009.