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Saving Yasha: The Incredible True Story of an Adopted Moon Bear (National Geographic Kids) Hardcover – July 10, 2012

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 740 (What's this?)
  • Series: National Geographic Kids
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142631051X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426310515
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 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: #628,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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National Geographic is well known for its beautiful photography. Their photos have mesmerized people of all ages for many years and across many countries. The story of Yasha the bear comes to life with exquisite up close and personal photos that show the young bears growth and how she learns to fend for herself in the vast eastern land of Russia.

Yasha, a moon bear, has been abandoned. Its mother was possibly killed by hunters. Moon bears get their name from the white crescent moon shape on the chest of their black fur. They are commonly found in the forests of Russia. A young team of scientists, Liya and Sergey, found Yasha and spend their time monitoring and caring for her. She grew to trust them and often would seek affection from them. Yasha is soon introduced to Shum and Shiksha two more bears that were rescued and protected. Together they all grow, frolic and soon learn to survive in the forest on their own with Liya and Sergey not far away. They even climbed trees to save themselves from a very hungry tiger.

Readers of all ages will enjoy the wonderful pictures and story of moon bears in Russia. The photos alone make this book worth having. The back pages offer notes from the scientists and other tools children, teachers and parents can utilize to learn more about these wonderful bears.
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By Kate O on November 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Lovely nature photos of three adorable bears rescued by two scientists and raised to live in the wild. A great bedtime story that's touching, sweet, and can be read over and over again.
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Thank you for a very prompt delivery. The book is great. It was amazing to find a book that has the same spelling of a name as my 84 year old father!!! Great gift. Thanks again
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This is an endearing book that describes not only a bear, endangered as it is, but also descriptive of a vocation children might enjoy learning and in another country. It's significant information.
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Terrific book for kids and adults--in this time of vanishing wildlife and trophy hunting, this was a positive story to teach children the value of the species put on this earth. Great photography and narrative.
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