Illustrated by Masumi Furukawa
Part of the Usborne First Reading series
This title offers a fascinating look into the world of bears for beginner readers ready to tackle slightly more complicated storylines and sentence structures.
It is full of facts about what bears like to eat and how cubs spend their first day.
Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton, it includes several pages of reading-related puzzles and internet links via the Usborne Quicklinks Website.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 32 pages, col. Illustrations
- Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/01/2010
- Category: Wildlife (Children's/YA)
- ISBN: 9781409506577
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Review by alyssjo
This easy reader serves as an informational text about bears, outlining the different kinds of bears, where bears live, and how cubs come about. The pages on new cubs are vague and make no mention of mating—nothing to worry about, parents!—but talk more about how cubs are raised by the mother. The book is labeled as a level two easy reader even though the text does not seem to meet the criteria for level two readers. The text is still large and there are few lines on each page. More two-syllable words are used, though, and there is a map at the end that makes the book more difficult. The map has smaller text and makes use of a key, so children need to make use of different literacy skills to comprehend it. After a map there are a series of comprehension activities in the form of puzzles. The short text is made interactive, and readers may see this as a fun game after the difficult task of reading. The illustrations look like a mix of drawings and watercolor painting and they portray bears as adorable, cuddly, furry friends. Regardless of the accuracy, the illustrations attract readers to the book. They, along with the puzzles make this easy reader an engaging educational experience for new readers.