Bears, both the cartoonish, cuddly, storybook types, and the real thing always inspire kids. Personally, I go for the real thing myself. And thus appreciate Every Autumn Comes the Bear, by Jim Arnosky. This is a simple, beautiful, natural history picture book. The illustrations are colorful and accurate. And the words are not rhyming and written in that very clear picture book kind of way.
As you follow the bear through his autumn escapades you get to know him a little more, and understand life in the forest. I like that. And I like this book, though it is a bit old school. (Published in 1993.) However, as you read this concise story, you come to realize that the life of a bear, accompanied by great art, never stops inspiring.
It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)