Bears have captured our imaginations for centuries. Now in this treasure trove of facts, folklore and amazing trivia, discover the history and nature of all bears, including black bears, grizzlies and polar bears. Along the way, meet some famous bears (real and not-so-real), learn about bear totems and mythologies of Native peoples and ancient cultures throughout the world, and see how bears have become embedded in our lives, from the names of night-sky constellations and sports teams to everyday words and slogan. Complete with numerous photos and illustrations, plus helpful tips for coexisting with our furry neighbors.
"An excellent selection for libraries in bear country and a useful addition elsewhere."
"Paws Up! This wonderful little book is so well written and illustrated that you'll barely notice how much you’re learning about bears . You'll find yourself saying 'I didn't know that' at least once a page. I definitely recommend this fun-to-read, enlightening book!" - Linda Masterson, author of Living With Bears
“Read Bear-ology and you will succumb to its cumulative effects. The many interesting vignettes and images of bears lead to enjoyment, understanding, and respect. Through hundreds of smiles and reflections, Bear-ology will open a door and invite you into the fascinating world of bears and people who care about them.” - Dr. Stephen Herrero, author of Bear Attacks: Their Causes and Avoidance, Past President of IBA
“Bear-ology is a charming little book for the young or not-so-young bear lover who wants to learn more about the various species of this type of creature. Bear-ology gives readers countless fun facts and fine reading about the ursine animal.” - Wisconsin Bookwatch
Dispelling Myths Bears in the Night Sky Get the Bear Facts Ancestral Bears Relationships with Humans Tips for Coexisting with Bears Bear Aware Groups Making a Difference Primal Fear of Bears The Spirit Bear Do You Speak Ursine? Bear Detectives The Bear as a Healer Aboriginal Connections & Native Mythologies Bears in Our Language Heraldry and Other Symbolic Use of the Bear Bruin Funnies Where to See Bears Take the Bear-Smart Challenge, Beary Fun Puzzles
Real & Not-So-Real Famous Bears: Bart the Bear, Teddy's Bear, Yogi Bear, Voytek, the Soldier-Bear, Smokey the Bear, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Winnie the Pooh
MEET THE AUTHOR
Sylvia Dolson's passion for bears is equaled only by her quest to teach people about the true nature of these wonderful bruins. Her ultimate goal is for a greater coexistence — one in which people and bears live in harmony. Sylvia has been involved with the Get Bear Smart Society since 1996 and is now the executive director. She is also a member of the International Association for Bear Research and Management. As a leading expert on living with bears in residential communities, she has been instrumental in bringing forward more progressive, bear-friendly management policies in British Columbia, Canada.
ISBN 978-0-9773724-5-4 192 pages • 5½ x 8 paperback • 2009