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Eat like a bear
Sayre, April Pulley.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2013.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Follows a bear from the time she emerges from her den in April after four months without food, through months of eating fish, ants, and huckleberries, to midwinter when the arrival of two cubs interrupts her long winter's rest. Includes facts about brown (grizzly) bears of the Yellowstone National Park/Glacier National Park region.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.9 0.5 162293.
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Can you eat like a bear?

A sleepy bear awakes in spring and goes to find food. But what is there to eat in April? In May? Follow along and eat like a bear throughout the year: fish from a stream, ants from a tree, and delicious huckleberries from a bush. Fill up your belly and prepare for the long winter ahead, when you'll snuggle into your warm den and snore like a bear once again.

Author Notes

April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of more than fifty books for young readers, including Army Ant Parade and Honk, Honk, Goose! Each year she visits schools nationwide to share her love of nonfiction writing and science.

Steve Jenkins has illustrated many picture books, including Vulture View and Rain, Rain, Rainforest . He was awarded a Caldecott Honor for What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? , which he created with his wife, Robin Page. They live in Boulder, Colorado, with their three children.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A grizzly bear emerges from hibernation and starts to eat. Month by month she drinks, digs, scratches, hunts, fishes, and forages, fueling up in anticipation of another winter. Come November she returns to her den, ready for the next seasonal sleep, with a couple of cubs joining her. Sayre tells the simple tale in colorful free verse in careful patterns, rich with vocabulary: Find . . . / . . . a squirrel's pinecone stash. / Nibble, shred, crunch and smash. Jenkins fixes the action in the Rocky Mountains with his trademark cut- and torn-paper collage. Using a variety of materials, including handmade Mexican bark paper for the bears, he achieves a remarkable variety of line and texture, as crisp leaves and flowers contrast with fuzzy fur. This contrast is mirrored in the juxtaposition of expressive narration and careful pictorial depiction. An appended assortment of notes offers substantive information about the bears, their habitats, behaviors, and study.--Barthelmess, Thom Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sayre and Jenkins follow Vulture View (2007) with a similarly excellent study of brown bears that's in equal parts poetic and enlightening. Clipped, second-person verse lets readers imagine themselves as bears that have just awoken from a winter's hibernation. "Can you eat like a bear?" Sayre asks as the book opens. "Awake in April. Find food./ But where?" Repeated throughout as the months pass, the "find food" line reads like a mantra, underlining how much of a bear's life is dedicating to acquiring food to sustain itself, not always an easy task (an elk calf proves too fast to catch). An extensive appendix-about bears' eating habits, hibernation, and interactions with humans-explains that brown bears are omnivorous, and the book bears that out (no pun intended). In May, the brown bear "Chomp[s] parsnip stems" and dandelions, while later months have him eating ants, trout, roots, and an unlucky ground squirrel ("Grab and crunch/ a meaty lunch"). Jenkins's torn-paper collages are typically exquisite in their naturalistic detail; the bark paper he uses for the bear is especially well-suited to capturing its grizzled, hulking furriness. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Posing the question, "Can you eat like a bear?" this book follows a brown bear as it forages for food throughout the year. Emerging from hibernation in April, the animal sets out on its quest. Each month provides a different delicacy: crispy roots and a ground squirrel in July, juicy huckleberries in September, a stash of pinecones in October. All serve to fatten up the omnivorous creature as it prepares once again for hibernation. The short text is set in a clear, large font and that, coupled with the big, full-color, cut- and torn-paper collage illustrations, makes it a natural for sharing with a group. The mammals themselves are rendered by using handmade Mexican bark paper. Its rough nature gives them greater impact and dimension on the pages. The extensive end notes provide details about the diet of the brown bear, or Ursus artos, its threatened status, and current scientific studies. This additional information increases the usefulness of the title, making it a viable classroom and research tool. That, along with the beautiful art, makes this a first choice for most libraries.-Sara-Jo Lupo Sites, George F. Johnson Memorial Library, Endicott, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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