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

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  57 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
"In the early spring, when the snow was still deep, in a den inside a big hollow tree, Yasha was born. There, he and his mother lived, warm and snug. But one day, hunters came and Yasha's mother was gone."
So begins the true story of Yasha, an orphaned moon bear, and how he was adopted into a brand new family. Left without his mother in the Russian wilderness, Yasha was
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by National Geographic Children's Books
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Dawn Zachary
Surplice, H. (2012). About a Bear. Wilton, CT: Harper-Collins.

Kvatum, L. (2012). Saving Yasha: The Incredible True Story of an Adopted Moon Bear. Washington, DC: National Geographic.

About a Bear is simple and written poetically. It expresses a bear’s emotions and desires that mirror some of those seen in Yasha – happy, comforted, sated, etc. About a Bear is good introduction to the topic that Saving Yasha can expound further as it explores the needs of little bears that are very similar to those
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary-class
I didn't know much about Moon Bears or where they lived, so Yasha's story was especially interesting to me. It was also interesting to read about the scientists who devoted much of their time observing Yasha and the other bears so people can be better informed on how they live and how we might protect them from dangers. And of course, the photographs are adorable!

Great for: Kindergarten-3rd Grade

Teaches: scientific facts about moon bears, geography, being mindful of wildlife and environment
Cassidy Crawford
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
This is a nonfiction informational picture book published in 2012 about a moon bear cub. It follows a group of researchers who raised and then released Yasha into the wild and continued to observe and learn from him. The book is told through a cute story with actual photographs from the documentary. At the end the information about moon bears and the research is provided. A unit about the study of different animals could be a potential use for this book in the classroom.
Kristi Bernard
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sunah Chung
Saving Yasha: The Incredible True Story of an Adopted Moon Bear is a nonfiction book with a narrative writing style. Two scientists raised orphaned moon bear cubs for almost two years in order to observe their habits and characteristics, and in the end sent them back to the wild. The authors do not explicitly explain these bears’ characteristics, but readers could see some interesting facts; moon bears could climb trees fairly well and they hibernate during the winter (even though the word, “hib ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humane-education
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
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: beginning readers and parents reading with them
Shelves: nepal, bangladesh
Wonderful early reader story about orphaned Moon bears in Russia. This book has just the right level of narrative and is filled with big, colorful photographs that really make the story come alive. Perfect for introducing children to nonfiction books!

There is a fairly comprehensive section at the back of the book which provides additional information about Moon bears. It includes a map depicting where Moon bears live around the world, more detail on the bears and a note which gives background in
Jul 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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.
Emily Ever
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sweet and gentle introduction into what kinds of things scientists can do for animals in the wild, and the important of conservation. Though there is a difficult moment in the beginning, this book is a hopeful portrait of an animal who learns to live on his own in the wild.

I would recommend for any child who likes animals!
Mouse Denehy
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: final-topic
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.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: animals, great-books
This is a great nonfiction title that always keeps kids interested. I often share it alongside other books about bears, sometimes fiction and sometimes other nonfiction selections. The pictures are great!
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book. We learned a lot about moon bears and the book had an interesting story and was very engaging. I'd highly recommend as a great book for elementary schoolers-although my 2 1/2 year old enjoyed it too.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-non-fiction
Some super adorable bear pictures!
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Aug 17, 2012 added it
Shelves: school-visit
nonfiction story
Edward Sullivan
A heartwarming true story with excellent color photograpgs of a rescued moon bear whose mother is killed by poachers.
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A great book about saving the moon bears in Russia.
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