Old Mother Bear

By Molly Bang (Illustrator); Victoria Miles
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9780811850339, 48pp.)

Publication Date: June 2007

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Through the seasons and over years, Old Mother Bear's story unfolds. We watch her dig a winter den, give birth to three cubs, hunt for food, and defend her cubs against another bear. And we witness the cubs growing up, a bear growing old, and the imprint of her life upon the land. In luminous chalk paintings, three-time Caldecott Honor Book artist Molly Bang has captured all the warmth, beauty, and poetry of this extraordinary life. Includes substantial factual information on grizzly bears in an afterword.

About the Author

Victoria Miles is the author of Magnifico and Wild Science: Amazing Encounters between Animals and the People Who Study Them, as well as numerous other books for children. She lives in North Vancouver.

Molly Bang has written and illustrated more than 20 books, including three Caldecott Honor books: When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry . . .; Ten, Nine, Eight; and The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher. She is the author-artist of Dawn and Picture This: How Pictures Work. She splits her time between California and Massachusetts.

Praise For Old Mother Bear

"In the last three years of her life, old mother bear births a final litter, leads them up and down the mountain and through the seasons until they are old enough to go out on their own and then quietly retires to a den to die. Beginning with digging a winter den, the straightforward, scientifically informative narrative goes on to describe the bear nursing and training her cubs, feeding, marking her territory, a scary encounter with a male grizzly and the family's hibernation together before the young have reached maturity. Bang's lush textured illustrations in oils and chalk sometimes show just parts of the grizzly in a double-page spread, giving an idea of her size. Other pages reveal the bear in a square against a backdrop of the mountainside in the changing seasons. Heavy paper stock beautifully reproduces the paintings and will stand up to repeated use. An afterword adds further facts about grizzlies and the sanctuary in British Columbia where scientists follow their behavior. A beautiful introduction to these awesome animals." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Audiences will be grateful for this gentle, genuine portrayal of a wilderness giant." Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A beautiful introduction to these awesome animals." Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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