The Ferocious Hungry Bear

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The Ferocious Hungry Bear
Author: Yasushi Tsukamoto
Specifications: ISBN  978-4591155523
32 pages
21.6 x 25.2 cm / 8.6 x 10.0 in (WxH)
Category: Children & YA
Ages: 3+
Publisher: Poplar Publishing Co., Ltd.
Tokyo, 2017
www.poplar.co.jp
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Synopsis

Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! One day a ferocious hungry bear comes pounding down out of the mountains toward town. Famished, he is on a hunt for something to eat. When he spots a carpenter bee buzzing his way he tries to catch it, since carpenter bees are one of his favorite foods. He ties himself in knots in the effort, but the bee ultimately gets away.

Hungry Bear continues on toward town, where he finds an old man sipping a cup of steaming hot tea in front of his house. Oh, no! What’s going to happen to him? But instead of panicking, the old man quickly offers Hungry Bear some acorns from his back yard—another of the animal’s favorite treats. Lo and behold, it turns out that the ferocious Hungry Bear is actually only a tiny bear cub. After Hungry Bear eats his fill of acorns, the old man wraps some more in a handkerchief and ties it around his neck so he can take them home with him. “Thank you, old man,” thinks the bear as he starts back to the mountains.

Hungry Bear had had to come down from the mountains because loggers had taken away so many trees and made it hard for him to find food. “It’s all people’s fault,” thinks the old man.

In bold, dynamic artwork and through very simple text, author Yasushi Tsukamoto addresses the natural balance between animals and the environment they depend upon for food—shining a light on the harm caused by human destruction of their natural habitat.