Review: A Book of Bears

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Book Title: A Book of Bears: At Home with Bears Around the World (Available here)

Author & Illustrator: Katie Viggers

Publisher: Laurence King

Publication Date: October 2018

Most Suitable for: Years 1, 2 & 3

Reviewed By: Claire, Headteacher

If you love bears, in all their wonderful shapes and sizes, then you’ll love this beautiful new book by Katie Viggers. It’s a non-fiction book with a lot of personality. A glance at the cover and you’ll see weightlifting and fishing bears, as well as a smaller bear that’s ‘Not a Sloth’.

The bears are categorised by their type, and there’s a section for each. There are also sections on climbing, swimming, eating, running and hibernating, which are common to all.

Each page has a balance between gorgeous colour illustrations and factual text, as well as speech bubbles from the bears themselves!

Some of the illustrations are fanciful, such as the Brown Bears, who are illustrated with their yellow waders on, but these highlight the factual information in a way that children can relate to.

There’s a small box on each page which compares the size of each bear, which is really useful when comparing each species, and a range of text sizes to draw the reader’s attention to different areas of the page.

If you have an ‘Animals’ or ‘Bears’ topic, or even have a topic that is based in North America or Asia, then this book would be a perfect accompaniment.

Curriculum Links: Science, Geography


You can order The Book of Bears online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Claire for reviewing it.


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