Mama Grizzly Bear

Mama Grizzly Bear9781616333041_p0_v1_s260x420Mama Grizzly Bear

Margot Finke, Author

Gloria Gaulke Swan, Illustrator

Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc., October 2012

Suitable for:  Ages 6-12 yrs.

Themes: Grizzly Bears, Conservation,Nature, Threats, Protection

Opening/Synopsis“The great grizzly mama is awesome and wild/She’ll tear you to bits if you threaten her child/With her shaggy coat flying, she hunts down a meal/Her sharp teeth and claws make it look like a steal.”  Follow Mama Grizzly bear through the year as she hunts for food, prepares for winter hibernation and gives birth to her cubs.   By spring the cubs are ready to play and explore their new world.  But, Mama will spend the spring and summer teaching them lessons in survival, foraging for food and fishing.

Why I like this book:  Margot Finke is known for her beautiful rhyming picture books.  She has written a charming and informative book for children about Grizzly bears.  It is a great classroom book to teach children about the North American Grizzly bears.  Finke’s goal is to inspire a new generation of children to feel compassion towards animals that are threatened or endangered.  She hopes that some day they will want to take an active role in protecting them from their fiercest enemy — man — who cuts down their habitat.  The illustrations by the late GLoria Gaulke Swan, are rich and warm in color, and the detail is inviting.

Resources:  Margot Finke has created a fun section For Cool Kids at the end of the book where children can find resources on conservation for Grizzly Bears, free Grizzly Screensavers, and Grizzly Bear eCards.  The last page of the book is a Word Puzzle.  She also has a fun place on her website called Wild US Critters, where children can learn about grizzlies and other US animals.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

40 thoughts on “Mama Grizzly Bear

  1. I do hope bears are less threatened, although we are encroaching on their habitats more and more. Last year a bear swam across the Cape Cod Canal looking for new territory (and full birdfeeders)!


  2. I love animal books, and books that teach about nature, preserving the environment and taking care of all the precious species that are on the brink of danger. It’s easy for people to feel compassion for cute, non-threatening animals, much harder for animals that are scary or unappealing. I’m glad to see this book stand up for the grizzly. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Thanks you all so much for your supportive comments. I think kids retain the facts they learn through rhyming stories far longer than those in straight text. I remember rhyming stories from my childhood, but not much from those dull geography and history lessons.

    If you are interested, you can download a FREE “Sneak Peek” inside my 8x latest books – including Mama Grizzly. Samples and covers from each book + a couple soon to be published –

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    • Margot,
      I’m glad you enjoyed the review. Also posted it in GoodReads. Helpful insight for parents about children retaining information through rhyming. I remember as a child and teen making up songs to remember dull history lessons. And, thank you for offering a “Sneak Peek” insided your latests books. I’m sure there will be some who are interested.



    • Yes, my great granddaughter is going through a stage of reading a lot of animal books. She’ll get this one for sure. As Margot said, we need to ecourage kids to want to participate some day in their preservation.


  4. I would love your insights, comments etc on my rhyming books! Please check them out and tell me how I could improve! Jane Mason “Digger Dirt And His Sweet Rewards”, “Sophie’s Barnyard”, and “Sophie Learns To Be A Finisher!”, (this last one is also on I-Pad). Thanks!


  5. I have such respect for rhymers! It is an art that is so underappreciated…people don’t realize how hard it is to rhyme well. Margot Finke is a pro. Thanks for the recommendation, Pat!


  6. Another informative and fun story from Margot. I am a huge fan of picture books that educate in an entertaining way about some of the threats our species are enduring. Thanks for the review, Pat.


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