Book Review: Moon Bear

9780805089776Moon Bear (Henry Holt, 2010) written by Brenda Z. Guiberson and illustrated by Ed Young has a short, simple text, perfect for young listeners. It follows a year in the life of a Moon Bear in the simplest, most basic (and lovely) way. Caldecott award-winning Ed Young is one of the most brilliant illustrators of our time, and while his collage illustrations are gorgeous and creative, some young ones will need help understanding the images on a couple of the pages. Luckily, there is back matter that provides photos of Moon Bears. Also in the back matter is an author’s note which includes a discussion of animal sanctuaries for Moon Bears and a “you can help” section. A nice selection for anyone teaching about animal sanctuaries, bears of any sort, life cycles, hibernation,  and Asian animals.

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