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City Critters

Orca Book Publishers


When we think of wild animals, we don't immediately associate them with the cities we live in. But a closer look soon reveals that we share our urban environment with a great many untamed creatures. Heavily illustrated and full of entertaining and informative facts, City Critters examines how and why so many wild animals choose to live in places that, on first glance at least, seem contrary to their needs. How do those deer, raccoons, squirrels, skunks, coyotes, crows, gulls and geese – not to mention the alligators, eagles, otters and snakes – manage to survive in the big city? What special skills do city critters have that many of their wilderness cousins lack? Why have they developed these skills? And what are our responsibilities in ensuring that these animals can continue to share our city lives?

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Nicholas Read, a lifelong lover of animals, has written on animal issues for the Vancouver Sun and on other issues for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and other publications. He has lived in both Canada and the United Kingdom, where he worked for the national animal-rights organization Animal Aid.

 
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Wolf Island

Orca Book Publishers | My Great Bear Rainforest


The Great Bear Rainforest is a majestic place full of tall trees, huge bears and endless schools of salmon. Award-winning photographer and author Ian McAllister's luminous photographs illustrate the story of a lone wolf who swims to one of the small islands that dot the rainforest's coast. The island provides him with everything he needs—deer, salmon, fresh water—everything, that is, but a mate. When a female wolf arrives on the island's rocky shores, she and he start a family and introduce their pups to the island's bounty.

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Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and author of six books, including The Salmon Bears, The Sea Wolves and The Great Bear Sea (all with Nicholas Read). He is the founding director of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife conservation group. For more information, visit www.pacificwild.org.

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Nicholas Read is the author of six books for children including three about the Great Bear Rainforest. He is a former journalist who now teaches journalism at Langara College in Vancouver. He lives in Vancouver with two rescued cats.

 
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A Bear's Life

Orca Book Publishers | My Great Bear Rainforest


Black bears, grizzly bears, and spirit bears all make their home in the Great Bear Rainforest. A Bear's Life uses Ian McAllister's stunning photographs to follow these beautiful animals through a year in the British Columbia wilderness—catching fish, eating berries, climbing trees and taking long naps.

A Bear's Life is the second in the My Great Bear Rainforest series.

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Nicholas Read is the author of six books for children including three about the Great Bear Rainforest. He is a former journalist who now teaches journalism at Langara College in Vancouver. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with two rescued cats.

 
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The Seal Garden

Orca Book Publishers | My Great Bear Rainforest


When storms roar and orcas are on the prowl, it's the seal gardens of the Great Bear Sea that provide safety and shelter to sea lions, otters, a variety of seals and other sea mammals. Ian McAllister's glorious photographs reveal the beauty and mystery of this rarely seen place of refuge. This is the third title in the My Great Bear Rainforest series, following Wolf Island and A Bear's Life.

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Nicholas Read is a journalism instructor at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He collaborated with Ian McAllister on several books, including Wolf Island, A Bear's Life, The Seal Garden and The Great Bear Sea and wrote City Critters, about urban wildlife. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 
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A Whale's World

Orca Book Publishers | My Great Bear Rainforest


A Whale’s World follows a pod of spy-hopping orcas as they explore the ecosystems of the Great Bear Sea while hunting for their next meal. Past rocky shores and through kelp forests, they observe foraging wolves, hungry grizzly bears, curious black bears, graceful fin whales, splashing porpoises, slippery seals and other members of the Pacific coastal food web. The book gives readers a fun introduction to the many ways that marine and land animals interact with their environments and with each other.

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Nicholas Read is a journalism instructor at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He collaborated with Ian McAllister on Wolf Island, A Bear's Life and The Seal Garden, in the My Great Bear Rainforest series, and wrote City Critters, about urban wildlife. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 
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The Sea Wolves

Orca Book Publishers


The Sea Wolves sets out to disprove the notion of "the Big Bad Wolf," especially as it is applied to coastal wolves—a unique strain of wolf that lives in the rainforest along the Pacific coast of Canada. Genetically distinct from their inland cousins and from wolves in any other part of the world, coastal wolves can swim like otters and fish like the bears with whom they share the rainforest. Smaller than the gray wolves that live on the other side of the Coast Mountains, these wolves are highly social and fiercely intelligent creatures.

Living in the isolated wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest, coastal wolves have also enjoyed a unique relationship with man. The First Nations people, who have shared their territory for thousands of years, do not see them as a nuisance species but instead have long offered the wolf a place of respect and admiration within their culture.

Illustrated with almost one hundred of Ian McAllister's magnificent photographs, The Sea Wolves presents a strong case for the importance of preserving the Great Bear Rainforest for the wolves, the bears and the other unique creatures that live there.

Want more Sea Wolves? Visit www.greatbearbooks.com and learn more about the Great Bear Rainforest.

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"I can't imagine the reader who wouldn't enjoy this one....The Sea Wolves is an enchanting and deeply interesting book, dense with well-shared information and informative sidebars, not to mention some very good photographs...Young naturalists will enjoy the book almost as much as their parents will."

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"Illustrated with stunning photographs of the wolves and bears that live in the Great Bear Rainforest on the western edge of Canada...[Sea Wolves and Salmon Bears] would be useful for classroom units on animals, ecology, [and] wilderness conservation."

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"The authors make an impassioned plea to see these wolves as fragile symbols of a wild setting, both of which are worthy of protection…The same exceptional photography that readers saw in The Salmon Bears also graces this publication, bringing readers up close and personal with wolf subjects engaged in everyday activities, views that few people will likely see in the wild…Highly Recommended."

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"The friendly, well-written and easy-flowing text makes it a great book for reading aloud to a class or for a child who enjoys reading about animals."

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"A warm, informative introduction to a distinct strain of wolves that inhabit the British Columbian coast...In succinct, conversational language, the authors present attention grabbing facts…[and] McAllister's highly expressive, close-up photos of the beautiful animals hunting, lounging, and nuzzling will easily draw browsers…A strong choice for both classroom science units and personal reading."

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"The photography is marvelous...breathtaking, even."

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"This extensive, informative text is illustrated with remarkable photographs taken by McAllister…They show the lush, old-growth forest and rocky shoreline and a variety of animals that share this habitat, but the wolves are the stars: at rest, at play, on the prowl and catching fish…Fascinating and useful."

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"A fascinating account of the lives of the wolves which inhabit BC's Great Bear Rainforest, on the northern coast. Filled with photographs of the wolves in their habitat pursuing their daily lives, this book is rich and in-depth...The prose is beautifully written...[and] wonderfully presents the many lives of the creatures which inhabit this ecologically diverse area of pristine wilderness...Visually the book is stunning, with an evocative text."

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"McAllister's stunning photographs accompany the text and provide an intriguing portrait of these fascinating animals. The text and photographs complement each other nicely and provide an in-depth examination of this species. Sidebars throughout the text offer further nuggets of information. Contact information for Pacific Wild rounds out the book. For those who want to learn more about these distinct animals, this book is a treasure trove."

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"[An] informative text, filled with spectacular photographs...This book is a fascinating story of their lifecycle and habitat...Beautifully presented, each chapter is filled with many full-page illustrations of these intriguing wolves and their varying environment...Highly recommended for both school and classroom libraries as well as for personal information."

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"[A] terrific book...An engaging text, and McAllister's stunning colour photographs of coastal wolves catching salmon and raising pups in their natural habitat...provide a compelling case for protection of the rain forest and all its denizens."

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"[An] engaging account...Augmented by a bounty of sharp photos taken at close range (that say as much about this stunning section of the Pacific coast as they do about the wolves)...the authors provide a comprehensive study."

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"Stunning colour photographs...show the British Columbian habitat of these incredible wolves. This title shows the cyclical beauty found in wild places and the tangible connection of all living things."

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"The arresting images of wolves and their surroundings reveal McAllister's passion for his subject and his skill as a photographer. Librarians might consider purchasing the volume for its captivating, full-color photos and its introduction to a unique subject."

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"Gorgeously photographed and informative...The book is written in an accessible almost conversational style as it dispels the "big bad wolf" mythology and describes the unique relationship with First Nations people with whom the wolf has shared their territory for thousands of years."

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"[A] stunning presentation...Through discussion and beautiful photography the authors try to dispel the bad reputation of wolves and to make a case for protecting their environment from development. The book will be useful for environmental studies and as an example of genetic variation and adaptation within a species to the environment."

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Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and journalism instructor who has written 10 books for children including two series about the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with two rescued cats.

 
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The Salmon Bears

Orca Book Publishers


Extensively illustrated with Ian McAllister's magnificent photographs, The Salmon Bears explores the delicate balance that exists between the grizzly, black and spirit bears and their natural environment, the last great wilderness along the central coast of British Columbia. Key to this relationship are the salmon that are born in the rivers each spring, who then go out to sea as juveniles and return as adults to spawn and die, completing a cycle of life that ensures the survival of not only their own species but also virtually every other plant and animal in the rainforest.

In clear language suitable for young readers, the authors describe the day-to-day activities that define the lives of these bears through the four seasons. But this is also very much the story of the Great Bear Rainforest—a vast tract of land that stretches from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border and contains some of the largest stands of old-growth forest left on the West Coast. The Salmon Bears focuses on the interconnectedness of all life in the rainforest and makes a strong case for the importance of protecting this vital ecological resource.

This book has a dedicated website!

Visit www.greatbearbooks.com for more information.

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"Well written and organized, divided into short by rich chapters describing an aspect of the ecology through various themes pertaining to marine, aquatic, and terrestrial life…Captivating imagery supplied by Ian McAllister's world-famous photography and straightforward explanations that reach a broad audience…Excellent educational material for school children…Books like The Salmon Bear and The Great Bear Sea play a crucial role in educating us all—youth and adult—about the importance of stewardship and empathy."

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[Starred review] "A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening read. The text's kid-friendly, informal tone helps steer the way through a mass of information…The Salmon Bears shines a spotlight on a precious national treasure and makes an impassioned case for protecting its future."

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"Illustrated with stunning photographs of the wolves and bears that live in the Great Bear Rainforest on the western edge of Canada...[Sea Wolves and Salmon Bears] would be useful for classroom units on animals, ecology, [and] wilderness conservation."

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"The exceptional qualities of the Great Bear Rainforest will begin to captivate young readers on first glimpse…Each turn of the page brings you face to face with the bears…An engaging and valuable read. With so much at stake, its urgent messages are worth repeating for every generation. Highly Recommended."

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"This excellent book…[has] a sprightly narrative that takes the reader through a year in the life of a bear…The illustrations for this book, a plentitude of photographs…are nothing short of gorgeous."

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"Incredible photographs and captivating text will enthrall nature lovers ages nine and up, including adults. A must read about these fascinating Canadian bears. "

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"Has something to offer all ages."

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"Plentiful, well-captioned photographs capture bears and other animals in this lush landscape…The attractive format, with plenty of good-sized color photographs, and the informal, inviting tone make this a solid choice for browsers as well as school reports."

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"A fascinating book about the black, Spirit and grizzly bears of the Great Bear Rainforest...This book should be placed in every elementary classroom in North America."

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"Spectacular, appealing photographs appear on almost every page, enhancing the fact-filled dialogue. The bears look almost friendly and very photogenic!...Written in an appealing, lyrical style, this excellent book is appropriate for both early intermediate readers and older research students...This text should prove to be a popular addition."

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"Read's conversational text and McAllister's excellent photos provide a perfect framework for this evocative look at the big bears of the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, and an intriguing investigation of its ecological pattern of dependency…Superbly readable, informative, and attractive, this book provides a clear picture of a pristine environment and its major inhabitants."

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"In addition to learning a lot about bears, readers will gain knowledge about the ecology of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia...McAllister's photography is spectacular."

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"Close-up shots of bears in the wilderness are endlessly fascinating…An engaging book, written in a chatty, friendly tone that would be pleasing to read aloud."

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Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and journalism instructor who has written 10 books for children including two series about the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with two rescued cats.

 
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The Great Bear Sea

Orca Book Publishers


Following up the success of their first two books about the Great Bear Rainforest, The Salmon Bears and The Sea Wolves, Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read take readers on an expedition into the wondrous and mysterious underwater world of the Great Bear Sea. This amazing part of the northeast Pacific Ocean is home to some of the planet's mightiest and most beloved residents: whales, sea lions, dolphins, orcas, sea otters and wild salmon. Filled with spectacular images of this largely unknown part of the world, the book also explores the uncertain future of the Great Bear Sea in this age of climate change, overfishing, pipelines and oil tankers. Can a rainforest full of rare spirit bears, fishing wolves and great grizzlies survive without a Great Bear Sea to feed and nourish it?

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"As much an invitation to readers to visit this unspoiled area as a description of its wonders, this is a commendable complement to The Sea Wolves and The Salmon Bears."

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★ “Solid non-fiction: organized, clear, and reliable. What sets The Great Bear Sea apart from other books of its ilk, however, is the bumptious energy of its writing. Its spirit is that of two little boys, roaring around the seashore and calling to each other to see the latest cool thing. A chatty, avuncular style and gift for accessible metaphors...sometimes explode into sheer joy...The enthusiasm is contagious. Also distinctive is the book’s design. Unobtrusive text layout and a restrained use of sidebars make room for stunning photographs...This is a book to read all the way through, to appreciate the big, amazing picture and serious message."

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"Well written and organized, divided into short by rich chapters describing an aspect of the ecology through various themes pertaining to marine, aquatic, and terrestrial life…Captivating imagery supplied by Ian McAllister's world-famous photography and straightforward explanations that reach a broad audience…Excellent educational material for school children…Books like The Salmon Bear and The Great Bear Sea play a crucial role in educating us all—youth and adult—about the importance of stewardship and empathy."

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"As in the two previous books, the setting is so beautifully presented and described. Because it feels like a conversation, readers will be totally engaged in all that the authors have to share; and share they do. Informative sidebars, dubbed Maritime Morsels, well-written captions for gorgeous, telling photographs kept me reading chapter after chapter...We know that our kids need to spend more time outside, learning to love nature and its many pleasures. It keeps them healthier and more connected to the importance of the greater world itself. It establishes a concern for the natural world, and its inhabitants. If we are going to change what is happening, we need to be informed and sympathetic to some of the concerns expressed so eloquently in this wonderful series of books. They show us that there is hope; it's up to everyone to help preserve our future."

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"The ecological emphasis is timely and worthwhile."

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"A beautiful book, complete with gorgeous photos, a bibliography, website information and an excellent index...I highly recommend it for addition to middle school and high school libraries."

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"Shots of breaching whales, dolphins and orcas are spectacular, but it’s the images of a bear eating herring eggs on a rocky shoreline, wolves fishing for salmon and the surprising red, purples and oranges of the intertidal zone that make this book special."

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"A colourful mix of informational text and contextual photography...Loaded with sidebars and fun facts...The book advocates thoughtfully for conservation and environmental protection...An important book [that] should be widely read...Makes an articulate plea on behalf of the creatures—including humans—who live in this exquisite, ecologically sensitive region."

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"There’s an incredibly strong sense of place in the images and sensory detail in this presentation. As in the earlier books, the style of writing makes this book a most engaging read. It’s highly appealing conversational tone is both entertaining and informative...The book does a superb job of underlining the interconnectedness of life in the entire Great Bear Rainforest ecosystem—including the sea—and leaves readers with a certainty that this unique and spectacular place deserves our interest, our respect and our efforts to keep it intact. Highly Recommended."

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"Generous quantities of excellent nature photos include engaging close-ups of otter and seal faces, dramatic shots of humpback whales and other finny mammals breaching, and particularly dazzling close-ups of sea stars and other residents of intertidal zones. Along with plenty of eye candy, though, the whole notion that a rainforest ecosystem doesn’t stop at the shoreline makes this particularly valuable for students of ecology and environmental conservation. A handsome, well-designed introduction."

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Nicholas Read is a retired journalist and journalism instructor who has written 10 books for children including two series about the Great Bear Rainforest with Ian McAllister. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia with two rescued cats.

 
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