SAVING YASHA by Lia Kvatum

SAVING YASHA

The Incredible True Story of an Adopted Moon Bear
by , photographed by
Age Range: 7 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

Not one but three roly-poly moon bear cubs star in this true animal rescue tale.

Orphaned by poachers, Yasha, joined later by Shum and Shiksha, are nurtured by Pokrovskaya and another scientist for nearly two years on a game preserve until they were ready to be released into the Siberian wild. Taking a slightly anthropomorphized bear’s-eye point of view (“Yasha was happy with his new home”), Kvatum chronicles the cubs’ development as they learn to forage on their own while playing together and learning to climb trees. She also notes how important it is for human observers to remain aloof—minimizing physical contact and even wearing scent-concealing clothing—to prevent the animals from becoming dependent or domesticated. Looking positively fetching in the big, color photos, shaggy Yasha and his ursine cohorts grow visibly as they ramble through woodsy settings, splash in a river and survive an encounter with a prowling tiger before being deemed ready to live on their own.

An affectionate picture of bears and bear scientists, capped with a page of moon bear facts and an afterword. (map, bibliography) (Informational picture book. 7-9)

Pub Date: July 10th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4263-1051-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: National Geographic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2012




30 TOP JULY CHILDREN'S BOOKS :

Children 1-2-3 PEAS by Keith Baker
by Keith Baker
Children IT'S RAINING, IT'S POURING by Christine Davenier
by Christine Davenier
Children ROCKET WRITES A STORY by Tad Hills
by Tad Hills
Children INVINCIBLE MICROBE by Jim Murphy
by Jim Murphy

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenSEARCH FOR THE GOLDEN MOON BEAR by Sy Montgomery
by Sy Montgomery
ChildrenA MOM FOR UMANDE by Maria Faulconer
by Maria Faulconer
ChildrenGROWING UP WILD: BEARS by Sandra Markle
by Sandra Markle