A Book of Bears


A Book of Bears invites you to meet bears in their habitat. Therefore, we travel to the North America to encounter American Black Bears, Glacier Bears and Kermode Bears. We learn about what they eat ad how American Black Bears have adapted to living in national parks! At the bottom of one of the double pages, we compare the sizes of the adult male and female bears, and cubs.

Other bears include Giant Panda, Polar Bears, Spectacled Bears and Asiatic black bears. The last are known for their bipedal strength. One of the bears drawn on this double page by Katie Viggers suggests it keeps ‘strong with a bit of weightlifting‘. In fact, like the Polar bear, the Asiatic black bear has incredible upper body strength, all the better for ‘exploring their surroundings.’

The information in this book is so interesting, and the comparisons useful and fascinating. However, it’s in the presentation that A Book of Bears comes up trumps. Through presenting the book as an illustrated title, with first (person) bear characters within each introduction, there’s a freshness, humour and direct appeal.

A Book of Bears is a delight to read, share and keep. We are proud to recommend this book to our readers.

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A Book of Bears

At home with bears around the world

Katie Viggers

(Laurence King)- hardback

A Book of Bears offers a wealth of information about bears. While we expect to learn about habitat, size or eating habits, Katie Viggers goes further. We learn how bears compare, e.g., how the Andean, or Spectacled, Bear is now the only short-faced bear surviving.  There are questions, and jokes too. Within each double page spread, Katie Viggers has members of that bear’s sub species speaking to us directly. Therefore the Sloth Bear ( a bear species of which I was not aware) suggests that their ‘long, shaggy fur coats‘ makes them likely to head to the hair salon for a trim!
Toward the conclusion of the book, Katie Viggers lines the different members of the bear family against each other. Thereafter, we see how they compare in swimming, climbing, running, eating and hibernating. It helps us to understand how their relative sizes and habitats make such a difference to their behaviour.
The tone of the book is really approachable and friendly; it draws you into learning so much. Furthermore, somehow, you want to share it. Mr Bookwagon has learned about the bottom of polar bears’ paws-  (Did you know that ‘they have fur on the bottom to keep out the cold and their paw pads are covered in small bumps to give them extra grip‘)
While this title is like RSPB Birds: Explore Their Extraordinary World in that the reader is learning about an animal species, there is a joy, spark and directness in the approach that is unique. We love and recommend A Book of Bears.


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