Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
Maxwell Eaton III’s The Truth About Bears is a lighthearted nonfiction picture book, filled with useful facts about bears that will make you laugh so hard you won’t even realize you’re learning something!
About: The Truth About Bears is a nonfiction children’s picture book written and illustrated by Maxwell Eaton III. It was published on 2/27/2018 by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, children’s book, animals, and nonfiction. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8. There are 8 books in this series called The Truth About Your Favorite Animals: book 1 is The Truth About Hippos, book 2 is The Truth About Bears, book 3 is The Truth About Dolphins, book 4 is The Truth About Elephants, book 5 is The Truth About Crocodiles, book 6 is The Truth About Hawks, book 7 is The Truth About Butterflies, book 8 is The Truth About Parrots. According to the publisher’s website, “Roaring Brook Press is a publisher of high-quality literature for young readers of all ages, from toddler to teen, and in all categories: picture books, fiction, and nonfiction.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Truth About Bears for my daughter’s bedtime on 7/9/2021 and we finished it that same night. We have since read it again a few times. It’s great knowing facts about bears especially what to do when in the presence of a bear. I didn’t think pandas are considered bears too but it makes sense. Sometimes we called it panda bear but so is koala bear and koala isn’t a bear. I like how the author pointed out about koala bear so I didn’t come up with that clever idea. Bears sounds like a great animal. They have a healthy diet of meat, seafood, and fruits. They also get to sleep all winter long! Loved the illustrations especially on bear safety.
This book started with an illustration of a bear. The author informed readers that bears are big and they have claws. Bears have multiple uses of their claws. Readers will learn that there are three common types of bears: polar, black, and brown bears. There is a list of other bears. There are quick facts about what bears eat. Despite bears being big and scary, readers will learn that their lives are being threatened. There aren’t enough fish for brown bears to eat and the ice are melting leaving the polar bears losing their homes.
The Truth About Bears was well written and illustrated. Wish there were more information about other bears because they were unfamiliar to me. I was almost surprised by the size difference of a baby bear vs an adult bear when I thought about a human baby and an extremely overweight adult human. The difference in size is definitely astonishing for both. I liked that young readers got to learn about hibernation in this book. I got my 9 year-old to read this book too. I recommend everyone to read it as well.
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author & Illustrator:
Maxwell Eaton III is a highly tolerated author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including his The Truth About Your Favorite Animals series, which includes entries on dolphins, elephants, crocodiles, and more. When he isn’t drawing talking animals, Eaton can be found in a canoe with his wife and daughter in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. (Photo obtained from the author’s Instagram page and info obtained from Macmillan’s website. Book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
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