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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Mama Grizzly Bear by Margot Finke




Mama Grizzly Bear, by Margot Finke, with artwork by Gloria Gualkie Swan, is a fun rhyming book.  It’s also an educational book which presents a year in the life of Mama Grizzly bear and her cubs.  I enjoyed this book for several reasons. 

To begin with, this book can be used to teach about North American Grizzlies -- how they survive in the wild -- their habitat, diet, hunting and “cub rearing” practices.  Children need stories such as these to learn the importance of preserving wild animal habitat and saving endangered species, such as the great grizzly bear. 

This book is beautifully illustrated by the late Gloria Gualkie Swan.  The richly detailed pictures complement and enliven the story .  Children will enjoy the pictures as much as the rhyming story and interesting facts.  It’s a perfect “read aloud” book to enrich the science and ecology curriculum.  Rhyming books about animals are a real treat for me, especially when coupled with such expressive artwork.

Teachers and parents are provided with additional references and resources to further explore this important subject.  There is also a word search puzzle for kids to complete.  Children are encouraged to get a grizzly screen saver, send ecards, and take a grizzly bear quiz on what they’ve learned.

I recommend this book to teachers and parents to help children expand their knowledge about conserving wildlife habitat, protecting endangered species, and preserving our wild lands for future generations.  I look forward to more books in Margot Finke’s “Wild and Wonderful” series.

Available from http://www,guardianangelpublishing.com
 
 

16 comments:


  1. Thanks so much Penelope. You did Mama Grizzly and her cubs proud, mate. I have always felt that fun facts, written in rhyme, are easier for kids to retain. Each of the 7 books in my rhyming, Wild and Wonderful series, includes facts that help children learn about US and Australian critters.

    Waving a Grizzly paw at you. . .

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    1. Hi Margot, I agree. Rhyming's the key -- to a lot of kids' learning and retention. Besides, it's fun, too. Please send us more Wild and Wonderful books!

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  2. Congratulations, Margot! What a wonderful book. Teaching our children the beauty of nature and preserving our precious animals is terrific. I wish you great success with this book!

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Lori. I believe we need more books like these for kids to understand how important preserving our wild lands and wildlife is to our own quality of life.

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  3. Wishing you great success Margot, and thanks for a wonderful review Penelope.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Susan. I always appreciate your comments and insights.

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  4. Lovely review and best wishes for a wonderful book! I love the direction you are going these days...

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    1. Thanks Nancy, supportive comments always welcome and appreciated!

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  5. Hi Penelope,
    I like the sound of this book because I am interested in the environment and animal protection.
    Hi Margot,
    I'm going to recommend this book to my teacher friends. Thanks for writing about this interesting animal.

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    1. Hi Barbara, Thanks for your comments and recommending to teacher friends. They won't be disappointed.

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  6. i love the cover and love the series idea. Way to go, Margot!

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    1. Hi Margo, Yes, I'm sure it will be well-received and appreciated by kids, teachers and parents.

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  7. What a terrific story by Margot Finke. Thanks for sharing your review Penelope. I can relate to the need for expanded awareness of our natural environment. As a Scoutmaster, we teach our boys Leave No Trace principles as well as literally taking them down the path to a better understanding of wildlife and how to live in nature on your own if need be. Keep your stories coming, Margot.

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  8. Hi Bill, thanks for your supportive comments. I'm glad we have books that teach good stewardship of our natural resources, wildlife, and habitat. Our lives would be diminished were we to lose them. Conservation and preservation is our hope for a bright future. More Wild and Wonderful!

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  9. Thanks everyone for your comments and support. It means a great deal to me. Penny is an awesome reviewer. And I am looking forward to reading her new book, "Magical Matthew." Love the alliteration in the title too.
    Can't wait Penny!!!

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    1. Thanks, Margot, you are a great mentor and good supporter, and you write fun books, too!

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