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Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  24 reviews
For years Jasper, a moon bear, lived a miserable existence, held captive in a cage by bear farmers in rural China. The farmers extracted the bile from Jasper's body and sold it to be used in traditional medicines. It's a horrific practice and conducted on thousands of moon bears each year. But now Jasper has the chance to be free and live a life away from pain and torture. ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 1st 2013 by Sleeping Bear Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Alex Baugh
I have to be honest and confess that until I read Jasper's Story I had never heard of a Moon Bear. Moon Bears, like the panda, are native to Asia and are, sadly, captured and put into extraction cages so that the bile produced by their liver can be extracted and used to make herbal medicine.

Jasper's Story is about one Moon Bear, who was rescued from its captivity and brought to the Moon Bear Rescue Centre in Chengdu, China. In this lovely picture book, Jill Robinson, founder of the centre, show
The authors and illustrator bring to light a story of tragedy, yet a story of hope for the moon bears of China. I was saddened and horrified that the Chinese farmers would treat any animal so inhumanely. But Jill Robinson is making a difference in the lives of the bears she can rescue and rehabilitate. This is a wonderful story for children to read, to see the plight of abused animals, yet also to see how one can make a difference in this world!
Jo Sorrell
Apr 30, 2013 Jo Sorrell marked it as to-read
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JASPER'S STORY: SAVING MOON BEARS by Jill Robinson and Marc BEkoff and illus byb GIjsbert van Frankenhuyzen pub by Sleeping Bear Press 2013 picture book 978-1585367986

"The small cages clattered and clanked and clanged as the truck made its way toward the Moon Bear Rescue Center" near Chengdu, China. This truck is carrying the precious cargo of Moon Bears who have been rescued from "horrid captive conditions" where their bile has been harvested to be used in Asian medicin
Held captive for years by bear “farmers” who kept him in a too-small cage and harvested bile from his body, Jasper’s story is representative of many captive moon bears. Now Jasper has been rescued by Animals Asia, an animal welfare organization. He is taken to their Moon Bear Rescue Center where his medical needs are attended to and he is put into the sanctuary. There, Jasper walks on grass for the first time in his life. Caregivers work to teach Jasper how to find food on his own, hiding food i ...more
Filled with lush, luminous paintings of the moonbears at the center of this story, the book describes how Animals Asia rescues and provides sanctuary for the moon bears in China. The bears have been kept in cages so that their bile can be extracted for use in traditional Chinese medicine. Some of the bears like Jasper can't even move in their small cages. Once the bears arrive at the sanctuary, doctors and caregivers try to repair their physical and emotional wounds. Young readers will be inspir ...more
Anna Olswanger
In 1993 during an undercover visit to a bear farm in southern China, Jill Robinson discovered the plight of endangered Asiatic black bears (also known as moon bears), cruelly farmed and milked for their bile. The visit changed her life. She subsequently founded the Animals Asia Moon Bear Rescue Sanctuaries in China and Vietnam, and to date, has rescued four hundred bears. I hope Jill's book, written with Marc Bekoff, will enlighten readers everywhere about the plight of these beautiful creatures ...more
"Jasper is a true survivor and has become a symbol for forgiveness. He is a moon bear who was held in a small cage for 15 years while his bile was extracted and used in traditional Asian medicine. Despite how badly he was treated, Jasper was able to slowly recover, forgive, and trust humans again through the truly remarkable work of Jill Robinson and her caregiving team at Moon Bear Rescue Center in Chengdu, China."

This book was a little hard to read in the beginning, but definitely portrays a s
Jasper's Story was fascinating and the illustrations are breathtaking, yet the description of Jasper's feelings detracted from the realism of the non fiction text.
Great juvenile narrative non fiction. The illustrations are gorgeous. Caledcott worth material. Great for a unit on ecology and respect for other living creatures.
Edward Sullivan
A moving story about the rescue and rehabilitation of moon bears from captivity and brutal mistreatment in China. Realistic and affecting.
A great book that kids will love because it is a true story.
For those kids who love animal rescue stories.
The author relays her tale of helping to save Moon Bears from an abusive life on a "bear farm." The story highlights one bear whose abuse was so severe that "the team was left wondering if his spirit would ever recover." They called him Jasper. Jasper learned to walk, play and even trust his caregivers. As he became more comfortable in his new home, he "became the bear he should always have had the chance to be."

An author's note at the end details the author's commitment to saving these animals
Carrie Gelson
What a story and what a tragedy for these bears. Wow. Shared on my blog here:
Lauren Colton
I love this story! Very touching and it is a great one for helping students to be aware of what animals really go through in captivity, especially when they are taken from their natural environment first.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Cruelty to animals bothers me tremendously, and Jasper's Story had me in tears. I applaud Jill Robinson's efforts to save moon bears held captive in too-small cages and in some cases tortured just for making medicines. They're such beautiful animals. Combine this book with Sy Montgomery's wonderful Search for the Golden Moon Bear for an introduction to a delightful animal. Highly recommended.
Beautifully moving story of one moon bear's rescue and recovery.
Karen Arendt
A great story of helping animals in danger. Pair with Saving Yasha about scientists helping and studying moon bears and releasing them back into the wild.
Jill Cd
Beautiful illustrations that are extremely life like. A good book for animal lovers.
I didn't know anything about the moon bear until I read this book. Told in a narrative tone, the story of Jasper is one that readers will connect with and enjoy. The illustrations are beautiful.
A depressing story that I would not recommend for sensitive children or adults. I halso have issues with the authors assigning human emotions to an animal.
I had no idea about the harvesting of bear bile - just heartbreaking! Jasper's story of rescue is all the more inspiring.
:hug: ^..^
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