THE STORY OF AN ALASKAN GRIZZLY BEAR by Alfred & Elma Milotte

THE STORY OF AN ALASKAN GRIZZLY BEAR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Toklat and her three cubs live two hundred fifty miles south of the Arctic Circle among beaver, wolves, caribou, and other grizzlies; in this seasonal trailing of their activities, they are individualized enough to win attention, yet sufficiently representative of grizzlies to work as a reference source. Straw-Tan, Chocolate and Buttercup grow from almost total dependence on their mother to increasing self-sufficiency; in contrast is Kluane, a bullet-wounded older bear whose inability to fatten for the winter results in his freezing to death during hibernation. Buttercup is lost to an earthquake but the others spend a relatively untroubled year together. Unquestionably useful and attractive, this is not so engaging as Beth Day's differently focused The World of the Grizzlies (see below) and not as dramatic or mature as Laycock's Big Nick (a black bear); it is, however, a more concentrated presentation of information from the collaborators on The Story of a Hippopotamus.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1969
Publisher: Knopf