Named 2013 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council
"In the early spring, when the snow was still deep, in a den inside a big hollow tree, Yasha was born. Read more...
Named2013 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council
"In the early spring, when the snow was still deep, in a den inside a big hollow tree, Yasha was born. There, he and his mother lived, warm and snug. But one day, hunters came and Yasha's mother was gone."
So begins the true story of Yasha, an orphaned moon bear, and how he was adopted into a brand new family. Left without his mother in the Russian wilderness, Yasha was scared and alone. Would he be an orphan forever? Then, two young scientists named Liya and Sergey take him deep into the forest to teach him how to live in the wild. Yasha meets two more cubs, Shum and Shiksha, and soon the three bears are playing together like real brothers and sisters. The scientists protect their new family, but it is also their mission to raise the cubs to become wild bears with skills to survive on their own.
Through heartwarming photographs of this unique rescue story, we watch Yasha learn and grow with his new family until he's finally ready to be on his own. Curious kids will also appreciate looking at the map of Yasha's homeland and places where other moon bears live, as well as learning interesting facts about them.
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-08-06
- Reviewer: Staff
Kvatum tells the story of an orphaned moon bear, rescued in the Russian forest by Pokrovskaya and a fellow scientist, and its rehabilitation in a wilderness refuge. Pokrovskaya and her colleague introduce Yasha to other orphaned cubs, and they “became a family.” Photographs show the bears playing in water, hanging from trees, and Pokrovskaya quietly observing Yasha (“The scientists were always kind and gentle, but they wore special clothing to cover their smell and never talked or played with the cubs. They wanted to make sure the cubs would grow up to live as wild bears”). The vibrant photographs provide a rare glimpse of a unique species. Ages 4–up. (July)