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Title:
Ice Age cave bear : the giant beast that terrified ancient humans
Author:
Hehner, Barbara.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Publishers, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Summary:
Describes how and where cave bears lived, possible reasons for their extinction, and what kind of relationship might have existed between these huge creatures and prehistoric man.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1200 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.8 1.0 66475.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.1 11 Quiz: 31979 Guided reading level: NR.
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ISBN:
9780375813290

9780375913297

9780375814594

9780375914591
Format :
Book

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Giant cave bears were creatures to be feared--and revered. Thousands of years ago, early humans painted images of them on cave walls. By the end of the ice age, the last of the cave bears had died out. The only things left were their bones--hundreds of thousands of bones--and eerie paintings in the caves they once inhabited. Ice Age Cave Bear tells the story of these massive creatures in fascinating detail--what they looked like, where and how they lived, and what may have caused their extinction. Author Barbara Hehner takes us back to a time when the enormous bears lived alongside such ice age giants as mammoths, woolly rhinos, and cave lions--as well as Neanderthals and other early human beings. And she examines the question of whether or not ancient peoples actually worshipped the cave bear.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. The cover of this picture book in the Ice Age Animals series all but roars, bringing readers face-to-face with an immense bear, its red-splattered mouth open so wide that it seems to be unhinged. The rest of the volume keeps up the excitement while presenting kids with well-documented data on the Ice Age mammal. The combination of breathless adventure with fascinating facts, color artwork, photos, and maps gives kids a taste of science and ecology as they're making their way through a compelling narrative. Illustrator Hallett, who helped create the dinosaurs for Spielberg's Jurassic Park, brings both the prehistoric cave and Ice Age landscapes to life in striking, involving ways: after covering half a page with a picture of a bear's paw, he invites kids to "Compare this Life-Size Cave Bear Paw with Your Own Hand." Excitement and science wrapped in a compelling package. --Connie Fletcher


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-Third in a series on Ice Age mammals, this dramatically illustrated book investigates the realm of Ursus spelaeus, the huge bear whose bones litter the floors of European caves and whose likenesses were preserved by Cro-Magnon artists. Hehner discusses what is known about these largely vegetarian mammals, and what may be inferred by modern bear behaviors. Physiology, diet, behavior, and habitat are explored, as are cave-bear interaction with prehistoric humans and possible causes of the animals' extinction. Also covered are bear evolution, the use of the Beringia land bridge for ursine migrations to the New World, and the appearance of the North American short-faced bear (even larger than the cave bear, and a fearsome carnivore to boot). The readable text briefly investigates possible religious connotations in connection with prehistoric man and touches on more modern bear cults, such as that of the aboriginal Ainu in northern Japan. Accompanied by full-color photographs and Hallett's rich, realistic illustrations, the book is eye-catching and informative.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.