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LIA KVATUM loves to tell stories. She thinks a good story is not only entertaining, but is the way to inspire people to do good things. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband Kevin and baby girl Violet. This is her first book for National Geographic. LIYA POKROVSKAYA was born in Moscow, Russia, and from childhood dreamed of working to save endangered animals around the world. In 2008, she graduated from Moscow State University as a specialist in vertebrate zoology. Her areas of interest are behavioral ecology, behavioral development, large carnivores, and social relations in animals. During her studies she has been on scientific expeditions to the White Sea, the Commander Islands, and Antarctica. She lived in the Russian Far East studying moon bears for almost two years. She has been named a National Geographic Young Explorer for 2009.

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"My son loves these books. We started reading National Geographic Kids books when he was about six (he's nine now) and I can honestly say that these books have been instrumental in teaching him to read." - Consumer

"My kids love these books. Super fun and interesting." - Consumer

K-Gr 2-Yasha was rescued by scientists after hunters killed his mother and is being raised in the Durminskoe Game Preserve in Russia to remain a wild creature. Full-page, full-color photographs show the distinctive white fur necklace, long tongue, and claws of the young bear. Two other orphaned cubs were taken to live with Yasha, and they bond to form a "family" that lasts beyond their winter hibernation. Only slightly marred by some fictionalizing, e.g., Yasha cried and felt happy and proud after he escaped from a tiger by scrambling up a tree, this is a lovely introduction to Asiatic black bears. The book doesn't have as much factual information as Brenda Z. Guiberson's Moon Bear (Holt, 2010), but it includes an informative range map, a fact list (weighing less than a pound when born, an adult moon bear can weigh more than 400 pounds), a one-page project description, and a list of zoos and sanctuaries where one can see moon bears. This warm accounting of a lifesaving partnership between animals and humans will be a popular addition for browsing.-Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Chantilly Regional Library, Fairfax County, VA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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