by Michelle Myers Lackner, photo-illustrated
Adventure Publications, 2013
25,000 people witnessed via webcam the birth of black bear Hope in northern Minnesota. And when Hope became separated from her mother, the whole world watched the drama unfold and celebrated their reunion.
In this picture book inspired by the real events, Lackner tells the story of Hope’s first entry into the real world and her scary separation from her mother, Lily. The bears were part of a research project of the North American Bear Center, so the entire separation and effort to reunite the bears was well recorded and documented.
The book features captivating photography of Hope and Lily–most of them still captures from video. If the image of Hope and Lily’s reunion doesn’t touch you, you don’t have a pulse!
And engaging, sensory language makes the text both engaging and appealing for young readers/listeners:
Hope scooted down the tree. She peered between branches and spied some sweet blueberry blossoms.
This book is a winner–a great choice for storytimes with themes of motherhood, being lost, bears, woods, and love.
[Full disclosure: Michelle Myers Lackner is a writer friend of mine, and I’m thrilled to share this new book of hers.]
Extension ideas for Finding Hope:
- Meet Lily, Hope’s mom. Click on Live Cameras at the Bear Center’s website to watch videos and slideshows and check out the live webcam into Lily’s den (during certain seasons).
- Discuss safety in the woods. Play some online games and review hiking safety tips from HikeSafe. Perhaps make a poster or bulletin board display with safety tips.
- Put it on paper. Write a story, report, or poem about bears–in a group or individually.
(Review copy of Finding Hope?provided by the author–though she didn’t know I was going to review it.)
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