- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 400 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); RAGBK edition (October 22, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805090398
- ISBN-13: 978-0805090390
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 3-Posing the question, "Can you eat like a bear?" this book follows a brown bear as it forages for food throughout the year. Emerging from hibernation in April, the animal sets out on its quest. Each month provides a different delicacy: crispy roots and a ground squirrel in July, juicy huckleberries in September, a stash of pinecones in October. All serve to fatten up the omnivorous creature as it prepares once again for hibernation. The short text is set in a clear, large font and that, coupled with the big, full-color, cut- and torn-paper collage illustrations, makes it a natural for sharing with a group. The mammals themselves are rendered by using handmade Mexican bark paper. Its rough nature gives them greater impact and dimension on the pages. The extensive end notes provide details about the diet of the brown bear, or Ursus artos, its threatened status, and current scientific studies. This additional information increases the usefulness of the title, making it a viable classroom and research tool. That, along with the beautiful art, makes this a first choice for most libraries.-Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
A grizzly bear emerges from hibernation and starts to eat. Month by month she drinks, digs, scratches, hunts, fishes, and forages, fueling up in anticipation of another winter. Come November she returns to her den, ready for the next seasonal sleep, with a couple of cubs joining her. Sayre tells the simple tale in colorful free verse in careful patterns, rich with vocabulary: “Find . . . / . . . a squirrel’s pinecone stash. / Nibble, shred, crunch and smash.” Jenkins fixes the action in the Rocky Mountains with his trademark cut- and torn-paper collage. Using a variety of materials, including handmade Mexican bark paper for the bears, he achieves a remarkable variety of line and texture, as crisp leaves and flowers contrast with fuzzy fur. This contrast is mirrored in the juxtaposition of expressive narration and careful pictorial depiction. An appended assortment of notes offers substantive information about the bears, their habitats, behaviors, and study. Preschool-Grade 3. --Thom Barthelmess
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The book goes month by month from April to November, and then there’s just one entry for mid-winter, since adult bears hibernate over the winter and don’t gather food. I like how the art and the food changes from month to month and season to season.
I really love the language in this book. It’s my favorite thing about it. The sentences are short and active. And there’s a lot of rhyme here, even though it’s not a rhyming picture book. But lines like:
Bushes? Bare. No berries there.
Those kinds of lines make me happy. And even when there’s no rhyme, you can still tell the author has played with words to pick the ones that make the sentences sound just right and fun to say.
Dig in. Dig down.
Paw and claw and pull.
… a hide,
a starving bison that died in winter’s cold.
Gnaw the frozen meat from its bones.
Nope, I can’t eat like a bear! But I do like READING about how to eat like a bear.
The end matter covers a lot of information, which I like, but it feels a little crammed onto the spread. There’s so much text that it looks like too much information. Other than that, I really love this book.
When my sons says he doesn't like it, he means it is much less fun than the books he really likes. He still likes to have it read to him, but he doesn't choose against most other options.
Despite the facts incorporated onto each page, it is an easy read. Jenkins adds a little fun to the story with quality illustrations.
The last two pages are interesting facts about bears written morel for a grade school child to appreciate.
4 stars given that my son doesn't ask for it but will happily sit through a reading of it. There aren't life lessons in this book but the interesting behaviors of bears make for good education for the 4-8 year old age range.
A good informational introduction to bears. Warning, Sayre is very true to life and several months see the bear eating other creatures. No gory pictures or anything, but some sensitive readers may not like that information. Sayre includes extensive further information on brown bears, their eating habits, common habitats and activities.