Books by Fred Bruemmer

POLAR DANCE by Fred Bruemmer
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

The polar bear, the largest land carnivore, ranges over some five million miles of snow-covered northern land and frozen sea. The often ferocious weather of the Arctic, its remoteness, and the bear's own fierce reputation have conspired to discourage many photographers from tracking them there. Mangelsen, who spent eight years following and photographing polar bears under extraordinarily daunting conditions, has produced a vivid documentary of their lives, focusing on a female polar bear and her two cubs through the four seasons. The 280 color photographs are both technically accomplished (many, despite the speed with which the bears can move, are beautifully composed) and fascinating: shots of bears drowsing in the snow, navigating icefields, stalking seals, and serenely swimming in Arctic waters. Mangelsen includes photographs of other Arctic wildlife (foxes, geese, walrus, ptarmigan) and some shots of icy landscapes that nicely convey the Arctic's size and harsh beauty. Naturalist and photographer Bruemmer contributes a lively, precise narrative detailing the specifics of a polar bear's life. A handsome, eye-opening work. Read full book review >
SEALS by Eric S. Grace
by Eric S. Grace, photographed by Fred Bruemmer
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

A glossy, attractive title in the ``Sierra Club Wildlife Series,'' focusing on sea lions; true, eared, and fur seals; and walruses. Anatomy, diet, life cycle, location, and endangered status are presented, along with dozens of charming color photos. Odd facts abound: the undercoat of a fur seal contains hairs so fine that 300,000 crowd each square inch; the lenses inside a seal's eyes are spherical, so they can focus a wide range of underwater light rays. Helpful drawings and charts include a double-spread world map, with the locations of common species and full-page drawings that explore questions like: ``How does a seal stay warm?''; ``What do seals eat?''; ``Who are the seals' ancestors?'' While the text is overlong for younger readers, the many inviting photos and extensive index make this accessible to both browsers and students doing assignments. (Nonfiction. 10+) Read full book review >