Moon Bear by Brenda Z. Guiberson

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Moon Bears, or Asiatic black bears, are so named because of the white moon-shaped blaze on their chests.  The moon bears are seldom seen but their footprints, claw marks, hair, and bear nests high in the trees give us clues about how they live.  Sadly, there are now more moon bears in captivity than in the wild, as these animals are being "farmed" for their commercially valuable bile.   Brenda Guiberson's lyrical text and Ed Young's stunning illustrations combine in a winning tribute to this endagered species.  Follow one moon bear in the wild as she eats, plays, hibernates, and wakes up again in the spring. Moon Bear is a 2011 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
 

About Brenda Z. Guiberson

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Brenda Z. Guiberson is the author of many books for children, including Frog Song; Life in the Boreal Forest; Moon Bear; The Emperor Lays an Egg; and the bestselling Cactus Hotel. She lives near Seattle, Washington. brendazguiberson.comGennady Sprin is the illustrator of Frog Song and Life in the Boreal Forest. He has been awarded five gold medals from the Society of Illustrators, the first prize in both the Bologna and Barcelona International Book Fairs, and has been chosen four times for the New York Times Best Illustrated Books list. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey. gennadyspirin.com
 
Published June 18, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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With a series of questions and haiku-like answers, Guiberson (Ice Bears, 2008) introduces young readers and listeners to bears from a far-off place.

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Publishers Weekly

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Guiberson (Life in the Boreal Forest ) uses lyrical call-and-response phrases to describe the endangered southeast Asian moon bear's activities, after she wa

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Guiberson (Life in the Boreal Forest ) uses lyrical call-and-response phrases to describe the endangered southeast Asian moon bear's activities, after she wakes from hibernation.

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Portland Book Review

That evidence is further solidified on the final two pages where readers have the pleasure of viewing six photographs of Moon Bears relaxing and playing at the Animals Asia Moon Bear Rescue Center in China.

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we learn that it must carefully wind its way, “avoiding poachers and loggers.” As the seasons come full circle, the book reveals that the moon bear we’ve been following is female (“Who shuffles out in spring/ so hungry again?/ Mama moon bear!”) Together, Guiberson and Young capture the bear’s man...

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