Joyce Milton has written several books for Penguin Young Readers, including Bats and Pocahontas: An American Princess. Milton currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Christopher Santoro has been illustrating children's books for more than 30 years. He has been honored by the Society of Illustrators, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the American Library Association, and The New Yorker. Some of his titles include Open the Barn Door, It's Haunted, and Noah's Ark.
PreS-Gr 1-An easy-to-read description of different types of bears and their daily activities. Beginning with black bears, Milton explains how they hibernate and awaken hungry from their long, winter sleep. Using simple sentence structure and repetitive vocabulary, the author delineates the differences between brown bears and polar bears. Santoro's watercolor artwork consists of detailed action drawings. Some illustrations portray the tremendous size of the creatures and show them with snarling teeth, while others show their playfulness in a beehive or with a backyard birthday cake. Extra-large, 20-point typeface is perfect for "cub" readers. Diana Helmer's Brown Bears (Rosen, 1997) imparts much more information for those ready for the next level of competence. All in all, a satisfactory addition to nonfiction collections.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA