Children's Book List

Reviews of Children's Literature

I Know a Bear

By: Mariana Ruiz Johnson

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I Know a Bear

Summary: Each time a girl visits a bear in a zoo, she listens to his tales of the vast and wondrous Land of the Bears, his home that he will never see again.

Rating: 4 ****

The book itself is anti-zoo. The little girl in the end frees her bird in the cage who then goes to live with the bear to keep him company. It’s pretty introspective for a picture book and will give kids something to think about and open a conversation about animal conservation versus animal ethics.

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Whale Trails Before and Now

Written By: Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrated By: G. Brian Karas

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Whale Trails Before and Now

Summary: A young girl helps her father, the captain of a whale boat, on a whale-watching trip and relates how her ancestors hunted whales in the same waters. Includes information on the history of whaling, whale-watching, and the conservation movement to ensure the safety of whales.

Rating: 2 **

An interesting concept. The author compares whale watching boats to whaling boats of the past, but the disconnect is too great. They really have nothing in common. Better than the story itself, is the author’s note in the back which explains what happened with whaling boats and whales as an effect.

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