Grizzly Bears

Orca. (Orca Wild: Bk. 10). Feb. 2023. 96p. Tr $24.95. ISBN 9781459828544.
Gr 4-8–Backhouse’s latest foray into wildlife literature offers a close-up look at grizzly bears, as well as insight into their importance to the ecosystem and the imminent dangers they face from humans. Chapters offer basic facts about the bears; a history of their interactions with humans in North America (and changing perceptions of them); the bears’ annual rhythms; conservation efforts; and how readers themselves can help keep grizzlies safe. Captioned full-color photos on nearly every spread support the text and engage readers, and sidebars offer more details and fast facts. Back matter includes a glossary, index, and additional resources. The conversational tone offers kid-friendly explanations for various scientific terms. Each chapter also contains short stories of individuals and their relationship with the bears, such as an Indigenous teen’s study of bear hair and a scientist who studies bear poop. Perhaps the most important aspect of the book is its emphasis on conservation and protection of grizzlies. The book makes a strong case for how our own human habits harm grizzly bears far more than they harm us, leading to a major loss of grizzlies in North America. Backhouse also challenges young readers to adapt their own behaviors to protect grizzlies.
VERDICT An important book for helping kids see past the stereotypes of terrifying grizzly bears and join the call for conservation.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing