We’ve just started our bears unit , one of my all-time favourite science units to teach!
I found this book a couple of months ago and I’m in love with it! I thought it was a Goldilocks knock-off, but it’s not! It’s much better.
And it’s definitely Perfect Picture Book WORTHY.
Title: Three Bears of the Pacific Northwest
Authors: Marcia and Richard Vaughan
Illustrator: Jeremiah Trammell
Publisher: Sasquatch Books, Seattle, 2011
Genre/Theme: Fiction, Bears, Animals
Ages: 3 and up
Synopsis: Blue Bear is travelling through the Cascade Range in a “shiny silver box with wheels” with his boy when ~ GASP! ~ he falls out onto the road. Blue Bear’s adventure begins when he meets Black Bear and Brown Bear. The three buddies travel through the forest (in a quest to find Blue Bear’s boy) and meet all sorts of other native animals: Moose, skunk, beaver, harbour seal, orca, octopus.
Why I Like It: This book is the perfect way to introduce children to the habitat of the Pacific Northwest. I love how the authors include all sorts of sea, as well as forest animals. This is also the first children’s book I’ve seen where they refer to the ocean as the Salish Sea. This is the coastal water between Vancouver Island (where I live) to the tip of North Western Washington State. The Coast Salish People are indigenous to this area and the name Salish Sea was adopted to try and raise awareness about our precious ecosystem and to pay homage to the First Nations culture.
Opening: High in the Cascade Mountains, Black Bear was about to cross the road to his favourite berry patch when an RV came cruising around the corner. Suddenly something tumbled out an open window and bounced across the road.
Links to Resources:
I love “how to draw” tutorials and this one from Kathy at Art Projects for Kids is a great one.
You can find some more bear-related activities on a previous review I did on the book Big Bear Hug.
National Geographic for Kids is always a super source.
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