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

Lia Kvatum, photos by Liya Pokrovskaya. National Geographic, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4263-1051-5
Kvatum tells the story of an orphaned moon bear, rescued in the Russian forest by Pokrovskaya and a fellow scientist, and its rehabilitation in a wilderness refuge. Pokrovskaya and her colleague introduce Yasha to other orphaned cubs, and they “became a family.” Photographs show the bears playing in water, hanging from trees, and Pokrovskaya quietly observing Yasha (“The scientists were always kind and gentle, but they wore special clothing to cover their smell and never talked or played with the cubs. They wanted to make sure the cubs would grow up to live as wild bears”). The vibrant photographs provide a rare glimpse of a unique species. Ages 4–up. (July)
Reviewed on: 08/06/2012
Release date: 07/01/2012
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-1-4263-1076-8
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