This comprehensive look at the world’s eight bear species focuses first on common physical traits and behaviors before profiling each bear. Discover the habits and habitats of the polar bear, brown bear, American black bear, spectacled bear, Asiatic black bear, sloth bear, sun bear, and giant panda and marvel at the adaptations each has developed to survive in a challenging world.
Jeannie Brett studied at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Minneapolis College of Art & Design. She has illustrated 16 books including L Is for Lobster: A Maine Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2001), M Is for Mayflower: A Massachusetts Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2002), and My Cat, Coon Cat (Islandport Press, 2011). She wrote and illustrated Little Maine (Sleeping Bear Press, 2010) and Wild About Bears (Charlesbridge Publishing 2014). She lives in Montana and Maine with her husband and her muse, a Maine Coon Cat.
For my husband, Greg, and our three bears: Gregory, Sophie and Lee; and with special thanks to Yolanda
“With its clear text and illustrations, this introduction is just the ticket for younger elementary readers.”
“There are only eight species of bears on Earth, and Brett examines each of them. Opening spreads discuss general physical traits and behavior; a double-page chapter is then devoted to each species. Many facts are scattered throughout the captions for the art as well as in the main text, but font sizes help guide readers’ eyes to keep the text from becoming overwhelming. The watercolor illustrations depict the bears’ habitats as well as behaviors, and a world map indicates their range. A useful addition.”