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Backyard Bear

3.2  ·  Rating details ·  30 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Bears belong in the woods—they can find everything they need to survive there. But what happens when people start knocking down trees and building houses where the woods used to be? This young black bear is about to find out. He wakes one spring to find his territory completely changed. When the curious bear dares to come closer and closer to the houses, he discovers backy ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Walker Childrens
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Samantha Penrose
Nov 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-books
Pretty illustrations.
This book starts out very touching...big mama bear, a newborn baby bear...the big bad construction just seems to miss the mark for me though. I feel like more emphasis should have been put on the fact that the people destroyed and rebuilt upon the bears land. The poor bear in the story ended up being lured, trapped, sedated and relocated!
There is an author's note in the back of the book about bears becoming dependant on people for food (bird feeders, garbage, etc)
The Brothers
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: bears, conservation
A a little bear lives a wonderful life with mother until one day she leaves him because he is old enough to be on his own. Unfortunately, a new housing development is built in his woods and instead of going elsewhere, he starts relying on the garbage of the people to live. Eventually his is caged, tranquilized, and sent to another part of the forest where no humans live.

Okay illustrations.
An interesting and candor non fictional picture book about a black bear. First a cub and in the protection of his mother but when she leaves him alone his area is changed into a housing development. Finding food in garbage cans instead of the wild which makes him a thread to the people who live there.Beautiful soft colored illustrations makes this a great read
Lauren Owens
Backyard Bear is a sad story that can be used in lesson about how urbanization affects the habitats of animals. It also touches what bears need to survive and what their habitats look like. Use with caution as book may evoke sad emotions.
Recommended grade level: 1-3
Oct 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, picture-books
pretty appropriate for all suburban areas these days. The illustrations are very pretty.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good, saw, a, bear, fun, i
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