Growing Up Grizzly: The True Story of Baylee and Her Cubs by Amy ShapiraGrowing Up Grizzly: The True Story of Baylee and Her Cubs by Amy Shapira

Growing Up Grizzly: The True Story of Baylee and Her Cubs

byAmy Shapira, Douglas Chadwick

Paperback | September 13, 2011

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The True Story of a Big-Hearted Bear is a factual story of a mother grizzly bear named Baylee, her three cubs, and a two-year-old grizzly who Baylee adopts into their family. Grizzly bears are extremely protective of their young and generally do not tolerate other bears. However, Baylee raised her adopted son, Emmett, along with her three cubs until he was ready to live on his own. What happens next in the wilds of Alaska reveals that just like people, every grizzly bear is a little different from every other one, each with its own personality. The story is told with words and photographs exactly as it happened. The authors pledge to donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book to Vital Ground. Vital Ground, a non-profit conservation organization, works with private landowners to protect essential habitat in the last ecosystems where grizzlies roam. Together with its many partners, the group has helped conserve more than a quarter of a million acres in Alaska and the heart of the Rocky Mountains. For more information visit
Photographer Amy Shapira returned to the same remote cove in the Alaskan wilderness for six consecutive summers amassing over 7,500 images for this book. Several of her photographs have been featured on a PBS documentary and many have been published in magazines and newspapers. Amy is deeply dedicated to the protection, restoration and...
Title:Growing Up Grizzly: The True Story of Baylee and Her CubsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:48 pages, 8.5 X 11 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:48 pages, 8.5 X 11 X 0.68 inPublished:September 13, 2011Publisher:Falcon GuidesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0762779799

ISBN - 13:9780762779796

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Read from the Book

Emmett wasn''t a little cub. He wasn''t a yearling cub either. He was two years old. That''s when grizzly bears usually leave home. Emmett was old enough to live on his own. But he didn''t seem to want to. Maybe he wasn''t sure what to do now that he was away from his old family and the place where he grew up. Sometimes he wore a goofy look on his face. Most of the time, he just looked lost and lonely.

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A Note from the Photographer Photographing a grizzly in the wild has always been my dream. In the summer of 2000, I traveled to a remote cove in the Alaskan wilderness. Glacial waters tumbled down from roaring waterfalls and filled the tiny inlet. Snow-capped mountains, towering hemlock, and Sitka spruce surrounded the cove. It was in this setting of rugged splendor that I took my first grizzly bear photograph and found a new consciousness and commitment to my life. My dream became my passion; the bears and their habitat my sanctuary. Each summer since, I have spent my days photographing Baylee and Mona, the two female adults who are full-time summer residents, their cubs, and their adolescent offspring. I have come to know the bears as charming, fierce, loving, intense, comical, highly intelligent, and always majestic. I have returned year after year to be in the presence of their wild, untamed spirit.In the summer of 2002, Baylee (named in honor of a wildlife biologist''s eldest daughter) and her three cubs made their first appearance. As it was my third trip to the cove, I had come to expect the unexpected. Yet I was still amazed by Baylee. She is a very unusual grizzly, and her adoption of Emmett (named by a local guide) quite remarkable. I spent the next three summers under the spell of this mother bear, her three natural cubs, and her equally captivating adopted son. It was a rare opportunity.In the summer of 2005, Baylee appeared with her two new cubs. She was as good-hearted and nurturing as ever. James, Misha, and Eleanor remained nearby. At times they played together, but most often they stayed apart. Baylee had taught them well, and they were thriving. Emmett, now an adult grizzly, had left the cove to venture out into the world.Wanting to share these events with others, I turned to Douglas Chadwick-naturalist, prolific author, and friend. Doug''s words and my images tell the story exactly as it unfolded. My hope is that children and adults of all ages will enjoy this story of a most unusual grizzly bear family. --Amy Shapira

Editorial Reviews

"A coming of age story with a twist.... An exceptional children''s book."