Irene's Picture Book Reviews

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW

Posted on: July 15, 2010

           Fraser Bear: A Cub’s Life
           By: Maggie deVries
           Illustrated by Renne Benoit
           Greystone Books, 2010
           Picture Book for ages 3-8     
         
          
           This is a unique story of a cub’s life. The story is
           divided into monthly chapters, starting from January
           and ending with October.
          
           The book is about Fraser Bear who is born in a den in
           the Rocky Mountains. Before he leaves his mother and
           sister to fend for himself, he must learn to recognize the
           sounds of owls and coyotes and to find berries, nuts
           and fresh green growth to eat.
          
           As time goes on and throughout the book, he learns
           about danger, when a huge bear attacks him. And most
           important, if he is to survive, he must learn to catch a
           salmon. Does he?  Well, you will have to read the book
           to find out.
          
           The book is great for educational purposes in that it
           has a glossary and sidebar as well for discussion
           purposes. It also contains a lot of information about
           black bears and the Chinooks, which is a type of salmon
           in the Fraser River.
          
           The illustrations throughout the book are so vivid
           and colourful. This makes the story exciting and
           moving for the young and older child alike. The reader
           will fall in love with Fraser Bear. He is really cute, and
           adorable yet so strong.

           
           Rating: 4 roses

            REVIEWED BY IRENE S. ROTH

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