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Bears Hardcover – Dec 31 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (Dec 31 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080696541X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806965413
  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 22.4 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 508 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,760,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-An overview of various species and how they live. Each chapter heading gives a general idea of what is included in that section (e.g., "The Bear's Body" and "Eating Habits"). Within each chapter, the text is presented in the form of questions (in boldface) followed by one-to-three paragraph answers. The tone is conversational and lively, and the short blocks are easy to read. Each page also features several full-color, captioned photos. The arrangement will better serve browsers than children looking for report material. Youngsters needing material on a particular species will certainly have to look elsewhere, although this title will be a good secondary source or a starting point. Its eye-catching photos and readable text have a lot of general-interest appeal, and the cover photo of a polar bear on the ice is an immediate draw.-Arwen Marshall, formerly at New York Public Library

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 4-6. This overview of bears offers a wealth of facts for middle-grade browsers. Illustrated with excellent color photos, the text employs a punchy question-and-answer format that makes it easy to skim, yet readers will absorb information. Individual chapters focus on topics such as habitat; physical characteristics; eating, mating, and sleeping behavior; self-defense; and relationships with people. All bear species are grouped together, so students looking for report information might want to refer to a series such as Blackbirch's Wild Bears!, which examines the species in individual volumes. Although the text is sophisticated in places, the attractive design with plenty of white space will entice struggling readers. Gillian Engberg
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Format: Hardcover
This book was given to us as a gift and my six children(ages 2-13) were immediately captivated by its cover alone! This "loaded" books contains anything and everything you ever wanted to know about bears and brings them to life through beautiful and often breathtaking pictures. While this book is intended for the 9-12 year old crowd, I quickly discovered that all the children love it and glean what they are interested in from it at their various educational levels. Its easy-to-use format of short paragraphs, catchy headlines, and an index lends itself to self-exploration. As we homeschool our children, I quickly discovered that this book works out wonderfully as a complete science study of bears and would lend itself to doing a unit study incorporating other subjects. If you are a homeschooler, your family might enjoy turning to page 63 to discover how bears learn. I highly recommend this book and believe any reader will be just as delighted as we are with this book. My thanks goes to a loving aunt who thought of our family when she heard about this book...thanks for the gift, Aunt Jo!
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Reviewed by Harry Reynolds, AK Dept of Fish and Game International Bear News, Feb 2001, p. 33
This book well fulfills its purpose to arouse the interest of readers, ages 9 to 16 years, about what makes bears unique. Based on very good questions about bear biology from young readers, it presents interesting and accurate information on each of the eight bear species. The questions, heavily illustrated with photos, are separated into eight subject groups: Great Bears, How Bears Live, The Bear's Body, the Bear's Senses, Eating Habits, Bear Reproduction, Self-Defense, and Bears and People.
In the Great Bears chapter, questions include: How many different kinds of bears are there? Which species is the largest and the smallest? How do scientists classify bears? The How Bears Live chapter, answers Where in the world do bears live? with text and a range map. Which bear is most common? is answered in numerical and distributional terms - the responses are designed to help students think critically. The Bears and People chapter dealt mostly with conservation and research. Its brief treatment of bear attacks was probably purposeful. However, because it is the most common fear of humans in bear country, it could have been more fully addressed.
The simple and straightforward questions are answered with enough detail to interest, not bore readers and provide a good understanding of bear biology and conservation issues. Most books like this suffer from inadequate or misinterpreted information - this one does not. This is an excellent book for youth, and most adults would learn from it as well.
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By Irma S.Fertl on Nov. 29 2000
Format: Hardcover
Easy to read for the age group it is intended. But also informative for all ages. Most of us who have grown up playing with a "Teddy" want to know more, especially about the not so common bears. Good pictures and illustrations.
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Book review found in the newsletter, International Bear News Feb. 7 2001
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Format: Hardcover
Reviewed by Harry Reynolds, AK Dept of Fish and Game International Bear News, Feb 2001, p. 33
This book well fulfills its purpose to arouse the interest of readers, ages 9 to 16 years, about what makes bears unique. Based on very good questions about bear biology from young readers, it presents interesting and accurate information on each of the eight bear species. The questions, heavily illustrated with photos, are separated into eight subject groups: Great Bears, How Bears Live, The Bear's Body, the Bear's Senses, Eating Habits, Bear Reproduction, Self-Defense, and Bears and People.
In the Great Bears chapter, questions include: How many different kinds of bears are there? Which species is the largest and the smallest? How do scientists classify bears? The How Bears Live chapter, answers Where in the world do bears live? with text and a range map. Which bear is most common? is answered in numerical and distributional terms - the responses are designed to help students think critically. The Bears and People chapter dealt mostly with conservation and research. Its brief treatment of bear attacks was probably purposeful. However, because it is the most common fear of humans in bear country, it could have been more fully addressed.
The simple and straightforward questions are answered with enough detail to interest, not bore readers and provide a good understanding of bear biology and conservation issues. Most books like this suffer from inadequate or misinterpreted information - this one does not. This is an excellent book for youth, and most adults would learn from it as well.
Wow! Bears, Bears, and More Bears! April 16 2001
By Meg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book was given to us as a gift and my six children(ages 2-13) were immediately captivated by its cover alone! This "loaded" books contains anything and everything you ever wanted to know about bears and brings them to life through beautiful and often breathtaking pictures. While this book is intended for the 9-12 year old crowd, I quickly discovered that all the children love it and glean what they are interested in from it at their various educational levels. Its easy-to-use format of short paragraphs, catchy headlines, and an index lends itself to self-exploration. As we homeschool our children, I quickly discovered that this book works out wonderfully as a complete science study of bears and would lend itself to doing a unit study incorporating other subjects. If you are a homeschooler, your family might enjoy turning to page 63 to discover how bears learn. I highly recommend this book and believe any reader will be just as delighted as we are with this book. My thanks goes to a loving aunt who thought of our family when she heard about this book...thanks for the gift, Aunt Jo!
Bears Nov. 29 2000
By Irma S.Fertl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Easy to read for the age group it is intended. But also informative for all ages. Most of us who have grown up playing with a "Teddy" want to know more, especially about the not so common bears. Good pictures and illustrations.


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