The Grizzly Mother

  • Illustrated By: Natasha Donovan
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Portage & Main Press
  • Themes:animal book for kids, middle school, picture book, nonfiction, science
  • Pub Date:09/01/2019
  • Age Groups:Nonfiction Ages 9-12
  • Lexile:980L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:S

Book two in the award-winning Mothers of Xsan series, The Grizzly Mother uses striking illustration and lyrical language to bring the poetry of the Xsan ecosystem to life.

To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. Together, they share the land and forests that the Skeena River runs through, as well as the sockeye salmon within it. Follow mother bear as she teaches her cubs what they need to survive on their own.

Anchored in the culture of the Gitxsan Nation, this spellbinding account of a grizzly bear’s first few years with her cubs is the second title in the Mothers of Xsan series. Saturated with ocher hues and expressively detailed with black line, Donovan’s illustrations amplify the text’s lyricism with nuanced perspectives.
– Publishers Weekly, starred review
A lyrically poetic text, it delivers a wealth of information on the lives of grizzlies and the ecosystem they are part of, making this an invaluable introduction to the way we are all connected.
– The Globe and Mail
Teachers! Get The Grizzly Mother for your classroom--and ask your librarian to get it on the library shelves, too! I highly recommend The Sockeye Mother and The Grizzly Mother published by HighWater Press. They are pitched at children in grades 5-7 but I think they can be used with younger children. And of course, picture books should be used with people of any age. Highly recommended!
– American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)
Selected for the 2020 Outstanding International Books List
– The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)
Selected as Middle Honor Book for the American Indian Youth Literature Award
– American Indian Library Association
This is a gorgeous book. Recommended.
– School Library Journal
Selected for the Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books 2019 reading list, Informational Books for Older Readers
– Chicago Public Library
Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award   | 2020  |  Winner
Manuela Dias Design and Illustration Awards, Children's Illustration   | 2020  |  Winner
McNally Robinson Book for Young People   | 2020  |  Short-listed