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Title:
Black bear : North America's bear
Author:
Swinburne, Stephen R.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 21 x 27 cm
Summary:
An examination of black bears, their behavior and habitat.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.7 1.0 77248.
ISBN:
9781590780237
Format :
Book

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Summary

Three species of bear inhabit North America: the grizzly, the polar bear, and the black bear. But the American black bear is truly North America's bear, found only in North America. Black bears range from Canada to Mexico, from New England to California. There may be as many as 750,000 black bears roaming the forests and mountains of the continent. Stephen R. Swinburne takes young readers to where black bears live. He joins biologists in search of bears in the Pennsylvania woods, where a mother bear is examined and her cubs tagged. He visits a "schoolteacher" for orphaned cubs, who teaches them how to survive in the wild. Along the way, he offers his personal observations together with fascinating facts about black bears and their world. With stunning full-color and archival photographs, this lively book shows how North America's bear behaves and survives.


Author Notes

Stephen R. Swinburne is also the author of Coyote: North America's Dog and Bobcat: North America's Cat. He lives in Londonderry, Vermont.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 3-4. Along with relating his own brief encounters with black bears, observing a Pennsylvania biologist giving a bear and her cubs physical examinations in the wild, visiting a New Hampshire man who raises orphaned cubs (for release, not sale), and covering the history of bears and people in Yellowstone, Swinburne delivers a basic picture of the animal's habits, counters some common misconceptions, and explains how to identify bear signs. Illustrated with photos new and old, and closing with links to sources of further information, this will be a valuable addition to most libraries--particularly as the black bear's North American cousins, the grizzly and the polar, have received so much more attention in books for children. --John Peters Copyright 2004 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-5-Stunning, full-color photos and a lively text make for an intriguing introduction to these fascinating animals. Swinburne traveled to several locales to observe biologists at work, including a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in New Hampshire who has mentored orphaned cubs for 10 years. Another chapter provides historical perspective by relating how human encounters with bears were once the norm at Yellowstone National Park. Using helpful photos, the final chapter illustrates the signs these animals leave behind in the woods. The readable text offers observations about bear behavior, often addressing common misconceptions. Fact boxes present additional information, such as the controversy about hibernation versus semi-hibernation and a look at tracking individual animals. The combination of full-color photos, some taken of Swinburne's observations, and the historical photographs from National and Yellowstone Park Service archives, expands the reading experience. A range map of North America is also included. Written to enlighten children's knowledge of the black bear's world and that of those who study and help wildlife, this book is well researched and well delivered.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.