Unrelieved data on bears in general and a rundown of the nine different kinds -- probably the least intriguing way for a young child to find out about any animal he's interested in. First off, moreover, he'll learn that a koala isn't a bear and what a mammal is (and how we all have mammary glands); then on to carnivores, their teeth and claws, and the traits particular to bears. The information is accurate as far as it goes -- i.e. ""a bear is almost always hungry"" but not why, most ""Bears can climb trees"" but the grizzly can't. The pen drawings are lifelike, the burnt sienna universally applied to them isn't. So it goes, modest plus, minor minus, and no competition for the books that bring a representative bear to life.