April Pulley Sayre
Illustrations by Steve Jenkins
April’s the month when bears emerge from hibernation. Follow this hungry female brown bear as she searches for food after four months of none. But where? She starts with tender green horsetail stems and tries a frozen bison carcass. By May, she can find dandelions and squirmy ants. She hunts a stray elf calf, but no luck. Imagine you’re a bear--eating, hunting, and bathing like the bear in an icy stream-- and catching a firm, fresh trout. Track her through the months as she eats roots, cutworm moths, huckleberries, even a squirrel’s pinecone stash (crunch!). Artist Jenkins takes young bear-lovers up close with his exquisite torn- and cut-paper collages, using handmade Mexican paper from fig-tree bark for the bear’s shaggy, shaded fur. By November, the bear must settle in for hibernation again--a last peek into her den reveals a midwinter surprise! Learn more about bears and food from Sayre’s informative endnotes.
2013, Ages 3 to 8
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Recommended by: Barbara Talcroft
Barbara Talcroft reviews children’s books professionally for childrenslit.com and for Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database. She has a Master’s degree in International Children’s Literature. She also has many years’ experience as a teacher. Barbara is one of the founders of LANTERN and its past chairperson.