The newest book in the 5 Animals series
Renowned author and biologist Rob Laidlaw returns to the 5 Animals series with 5 Bears. Humans' relationship with bears is complex. Some people think of bears as big, cuddly pets, while others see them as dangerous, wild animals. Many people want bears left undisturbed in the wild, while others want to hunt and kill them, confine them in zoos or use them for their fur, meat or body parts. It's clear that bears are popular animals almost everywhere in the world. They are featured in fables, cartoons, children's books, television shows, documentary films and other media.
In 5 Bears Rob Laidlaw looks at two bears that have become famous: Winnie, the real bear that led to the story Winnie the Pooh, and Wojtek, the soldier bear who became a war hero. The book also covers lesser known bears like Yupi, a polar bear who lived in Mexico; Jasper, who was rescued from a bear farm in China; and Vince who now lives at a sanctuary in the United States. These stories show what their lives were, and are, really like and the issues and challenges that all bears face. There are many myths and misunderstandings about bears. In 5 Bears Rob Laidlaw sets the record straight and hopes to convince young readers that bears deserve respect, compassion and protection. Today, bears in the wild are threatened and many bears in captivity are suffering. They need help to ensure they survive and prosper in the years ahead.
About the Author
Rob Laidlaw is a non-fiction author, a chartered biologist and founder of Zoocheck Canada, a wildlife protection organization. He is the author of 5 Elephants, Wild Animals in Captivity, On Parade and Saving Lives and Changing Hearts. Rob lives in Toronto, Ontario.