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Fraser Bear

A Cub's Life

by Maggie De Vries, illustrated by Renné Benoit

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list price: $19.95
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
published: May 2010
ISBN:9781553655213
publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
imprint: Greystone Books
Description

A true-to-life nature story for young readers, from the multi-award-winning creators of Tale of a Great White Fish.

 

This moving, beautifully illustrated story follows a black bear cub's life in the Pacific Northwest from his birth to his first salmon catch, uniting the cycles of bear and fish. A map and further information about bears and salmon are included.

 

The book is based on a top-selling plush toy named Fraser Bear, created by the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Rocky Mountaineer Vacations. This toy, holding a salmon in his mouth, is sold on RMV's trains and through their souvenir catalogue, with sales benefitting the PSF. The book will become a must-have addition to all toy purchases.

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.
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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.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
5 to 10
Grade:
k to 5
Editorial Reviews

"This book is highly educational without seeming so. The text is concise and interesting, and the illustrations are subtle and captivating. The glossary, map, and notes on black bears and Chinook salmon in the back of the book are an additional bonus for older children."

— San Francisco Book Review

"There is science aplenty here -- in the season-by-season growth and development of the cub -- all fascinating stuff for junior biologists, but it's the art, both prose and painting, that takes this book to a fine and high plateau. In an example of perfect complementarity, author and illustrator have worked their magic: Maggie de Vries deftly weaves an engrossing and often suspenseful tale out of the facts, while Renne Benoit's paintbrush provides full-colour visuals of bear, salmon, river, meadow and forest, which make the spirit soar."

— Globe & Mail

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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
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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.

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