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Saving Yasha: The Incredible True Story of an Adopted Moon Bear

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"Move aside, panda ... Photographed here with affection and care, moon bears, also known as Asiatic black bears, rival their Chinese cousins in childlike appeal." --The New York Times

Named2013 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12by the National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council

"In the early spring, when the snow was still deep, in a d
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by National Geographic Children's Books
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3.9 stars

Got this title from a wonderful fellow Goodreader and fellow librarian, Phyllis.

Moon bears are also called Asiatic bears, and their numbers are dramatically declining due to loss of habitat and hunting. In the winter, mother bears are often pulled from the den where they are hibernating and then killed. Any babies that the mother has are usually left to die.

This book chronicles the efforts of 2 scientists to help orphaned baby moon bears.

The book is short and would be easy to read alou
Saving Yasha is the story of a Moon Bear, called Yasha, whose mother is killed by poachers. Scientists Liya Pokrovskaya and Sergey Kolchin rescued Yasha from the poachers along with two other cubs, Shum and Shiksha. Moon Bears are an endangered species, so it was very important that these cubs grow up have their own cubs. Liya and Sergey raised these cubs and taught them how to live in the wild. Liya and Sergey also studied the Moon Bear cubs, to better understand how to save the species. Along ...more
Kristi Bernard
National Geographic is well known for its beautiful photography. Their photos have mesmerized people of all ages for many years and across many countries. The story of Yasha the bear comes to life with exquisite up close and personal photos that show the young bears growth and how she learns to fend for herself in the vast eastern land of Russia.

Yasha, a moon bear, has been abandoned. Its mother was possibly killed by hunters. Moon bears get their name from the white crescent moon shape on the c
Adorable photos coupled with a serious message make this vivid and appealing book a winner for young readers. Children learn about Yasha, an orphaned moon bear cub in Russia, who is rescued by wildlife biologists and raised until he can survive on his own. The stunning photos are a reminder of the true cost of poaching and the black market for moon bears and their cubs.

Adults should note that very young or sensitive children may be upset by the fact that poachers killed Yasha's mother and captur
A great book about saving the moon bears in Russia.
Mouse Denehy
This book is wonderful! I love the combination of art and the culture of the area. True stories like this where they're backed up with the mostly cute photos and complimentary colors are engrossing and the educational part isn't overwhelming. I like the map and glossary additions for the base reason that it expands the world.
Karen Arendt
A good story Bout how scientists rescued a three bears from poachers in Asia, studied the bears and released the bears back into the wild. What was most interesting was that the scientists did play of interact with the bears. A great reside story that has the animals going back to their natural habitat.
A true story of a moon bear cub. Great photos and a nice story of saving an orphaned cubs in Russia. The PJ storytimer's enjoyed this book.
Edward Sullivan
A heartwarming true story with excellent color photograpgs of a rescued moon bear whose mother is killed by poachers.
Some super adorable bear pictures!
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