A once-in-a-lifetime photo shoot becomes a stunning non-fiction picture book!
Keep Up, Katmai is a remarkable up-close view into an inquisitive real grizzly cub's day, with stunning photographs shot by renowned wildlife photographer Barrett Hedges.
In this unique format, photographs give an up-close view into a very important event in a grizzly cub's life - when she learns to fish for salmon with her brothers and sister. Young readers will cheer for Katmai, the smallest of the cubs, as we follow her day. The incredible collection of photos shows how wild bears eat, learn and play, as their mother protects and feeds them. The result? A beautiful introduction to this incredible, endangered species, and a wonderful story celebrating the love between parents and their children.
Back of book material includes a fascinating interview with author Pili Palm-Leis and photographer Barrett Hedges. While anyone would look at these photos and know they are special, an experienced nature photographer would immediately recognize that they also represent a unique shoot. To see a grizzly mom in the wild with four live cubs is almost unheard of. Barrett's shoot captured behaviour that is very hard to get, especially in the same frame. Thanks to his eye and deep knowledge and respect for the wildlife he photographs, young readers will witness magnificent scenes in nature that most of us would never have a chance to experience.
PILI PALM-LEIS is an artist, teacher and nature lover who lives with her husband in eastern Ontario. Pili's images have appeared internationally in magazines and calendars. Keep Up, Katmai is her first children's book.
BARRETT HEDGES is an award-winning National Geographic wildlife photographer from Tennessee. Since graduating with his B.F.A. in Photography in 2008, Barrett has dedicated himself to traversing the continent, living out of his car, in pursuit of wildlife images both stunning and rare. Barrett's photographs have been featured in numerous galleries across North America. Visit him online at www.bearheadphoto.com.