On a book page, this tab will allow you to add a book to one of your lists.
Please login or register to use this feature.
9781926812953_cover Enlarge Cover
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $14.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
published: Mar 2012
ISBN:9781926812953

Fraser Bear

A Cub's Life

by Maggie De Vries, illustrated by Renné Benoit

reviews: 2
tagged:
add a tag
Please login or register to use this feature.
environment, bears
0 of 5
0 ratings
rated!
rated!
list price: $14.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
published: Mar 2012
ISBN:9781926812953
Description

A beautifully illustrated nature story of a bear cub's life in the Pacific Northwest, from a multi-award-winning team, Fraser Bear is the exciting and moving story of a black bear cub's dangers and adventures in his first two years, uniting the intertwined cycles of bear and fish. A map, facts about bears and salmon, and a letter from the Pacific Salmon Foundation complete this true-to-life nature story for young readers.

This book is based on the top-selling plush toy created by Pacific Salmon Foundation and Rocky Mountaineer Vacations.

About the Authors

Maggie De Vries

Maggie de Vries is the author of many books for children and one book for adults. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at UBC, runs writing workshops, and coaches and mentors writers. Maggie now lives in Ladysmith, British Columbia, on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Every summer, she and her husband spend as much time as they can tootling around the Gulf Islands and up the coast in their little old boat, Breakaway. For more information, visit www.maggiedevries.com.
Author profile page >

Renné Benoit is an award-winning illustrator of many books for children. In 2012, Big City Bees (Greystone) was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award in the Children's Literature Illustration category. Renné currently works out of her home studio in St. Thomas, Ontario. For more information, visit www.rennebenoit.ca.
Author profile page >
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 10
Grade:
k to 5

Buy this book at:

Reader Reviews

Sign Up or Sign In to add your review or comment.
Association of Book Publishers of BC
Librarian review

Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life

This story highlights the relationship between bear and salmon. One January, Fraser Bear is born deep in a den near the beginning of the Fraser River. At the same time, the Chinook salmon begin the long journey home from sea to spawn. Month by month, the reader watches the adorable cub grow, explore and learn. Meanwhile, the salmon continue their journey home, facing challenges such as fishing nets and fish ladders. Finally, the salmon reach the spawning grounds and the baby bear learns about a tasty new food. Soon the bears hibernate, the new salmon are born, and the cycle starts again. Benoit’s illustrations are authentically detailed. Includes interesting bear facts, a coloured map and glossary.

De Vries and Benoit also collaborated on Tale of a Great White Fish.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life

Author / illustrator duo Maggie de Vries and Renné Benoit return to the waters of British Columbia’s Fraser River, the setting of their award-winning book, Tale of a Great White Fish: A Sturgeon Story, to chronicle a story far shorter in time span but no less epic.

In a cozy den high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, two newborn bears hungrily nuzzle against their mother while, far out at sea, thousands of chinook salmon begin their journey to the headwaters of the Fraser River and their birthplace. So begins the story of Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life — a sweeping story of a black bear family and its critical connection to the annual Pacific salmon cycle.

Written in large, bold text with plenty of white space, and richly packed with information, this is a realistic environmental story that is both engaging and absorbing. Children will be delighted and awed to follow along as Fraser feels snow for the first time, survives a bear attack and catches his first salmon. A glossary and additional information about black bears and chinook salmon, including a map of the salmon route, extend this book’s classroom use.

The intersection of humans and nature is thoughtfully presented in both the text and Benoit’s evocative watercolour illustrations through interactions with conservationists, fishermen and distant trains. This connection is particularly fitting given the book’s origin. It is based on a popular plush toy created by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Rocky Mountain vacations with proceeds funding salmon conservation projects.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2011. Volume 34 No. 3.

Related Blog Posts

Other Titles by Maggie De Vries

Chance and the Butterfly

Chance and the Butterfly

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback
More Info
How Sleep Found Tabitha

How Sleep Found Tabitha

by Maggie De Vries
illustrated by Sheena Lott
edition:Hardcover
tagged :
More Info
Hunger Journeys

Hunger Journeys

edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback
tagged :
More Info

Other Titles by Renné Benoit

Goodbye To Griffiths St

Goodbye To Griffiths St

edition:Hardcover
tagged :
More Info
Mooncakes

Mooncakes

by Loretta Seto
illustrated by Renné Benoit
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback Audiobook eBook
tagged : asian
More Info
Boy in Motion

Boy in Motion

Rick Hansen's Story
by Ainslie Manson
illustrated by Renné Benoit
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged :
More Info

User Activity

X
Contacting facebook
Please wait...