Can you eat like a bear?
A sleepy bear awakes in spring and goes to find food. But what is there to eat in April? In May? Follow along and eat like a bear throughout the year: fish from a stream, ants from a tree, and delicious huckleberries from a bush. Fill up your belly and prepare for the long winter ahead, when you'll snuggle into your warm den and snore like a bear once again.
Sayre and Jenkins follow Vulture View (2007) with a similarly excellent study of brown bears that s in equal parts poetic and enlightening. Clipped, second-person verse lets readers imagine themselves as bears that have just awoken from a winter s hibernation. Can you eat like a bear? Sayre asks as the book opens. Awake in April. Find food./ But where? Repeated throughout as the months pass, the find food line reads like a mantra, underlining how much of a bear s life is dedicating to acquiring food to sustain itself, not always an easy task (an elk calf proves too fast to catch). An extensive appendix about bears eating habits, hibernation, and interactions with humans explains that brown bears are omnivorous, and the book bears that out (no pun intended). In May, the brown bear Chomp parsnip stems and dandelions, while later months have him eating ants, trout, roots, and an unlucky ground squirrel ( Grab and crunch/ a meaty lunch ). Jenkins s torn-paper collages are typically exquisite in their naturalistic detail; the bark paper he uses for the bear is especially well-suited to capturing its grizzled, hulking furriness. Ages 4 8.