In these two delightful children's stories, young wolf cubs and young bear cubs explore their big, new worlds. Uncle Wolf teaches two young cubs all about being wolves in We Are Wolves. They learn to be watchers and listeners and travelers and hunters. But most important of all, they learn about their pack — and being a family. In We Are Bears, Mother Bear teachers her new cubs all about being bears. They learn to be climbers and swimmers and diggers and sleepers. Mother Bear is very proud of them. The cubs' adventures come alive through beautifully detailed illustrations. Readers of all ages will enjoy and treasure these two beautiful books for generations.
Following the same format as their previous collaboration (We Are Wolves, which Groom wrote under the pen name Melinda Julietta), author and artist here chronicle a day in the life of a mother bear and her two cubs. "This new world looks so BIG!" says a cub, as he and his brother emerge from their den for the very first time. The mother teaches them how to search for food, escape a hive of bees, etc., recapping the lessons with simplistic summaries ("We are climbers"; "we are searchers"; "we are swimmers" and so on). Back in the den for dinner and sleep, Mother Bear concludes with "We are bears." Groom genially presents succinct chunks of information, but the juxtaposition of factual information with the bears' purported "dialogue" may be off-putting to some readers. The strongest passages report the bears' natural behavior. Guarnotta's meticulous artwork lifts the book away from the anthropomorphism of the text into realism. One stunning painting of a cub hiding in a pond among some water lilies looks like a photograph. Whether depicting the flora and fauna of the forest or the bears themselves, her portraits are both charming and accurate. Ages 4-8.