A Bear’s Life by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read – Children’s Book Review – #NGEW2018

A Bear’s Life

by Ian McAllister (Photographs)Nicholas Read (Contributor)

Blurb: 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.


My Review:

A Bear’s Life had my children and me captivated from the very first pages. The book is an adventure from start to finish, containing photographs from the Great Bear Rainforest including black bears, grizzlies, spirit bears, wolves, and other wildlife.

This is a simple read for elementary students and easy enough for three to four year olds to understand when reading aloud. Along with each photograph, facts are shared and readers will learn what the bears eat, how they socialize, what other animals live there, how they hibernate, and much more beginning with spring and following through to winter again. Our most favorite parts in the book included facts about spirit bears (black bears with cream-colored fur) and how special they are with roughly a 1 to 10 ratio compared with black bears.

I appreciated that even the location of the rainforest was shared in the beginning of the book so young ones can get an idea where it is on the map. I think the map would’ve been better located on an actual page versus the front inside cover because it’s easy to miss.

Overall, we loved A Bear’s Life and can’t wait to read other books in the My Great Bear Rainforest series.


Find this on Amazon and Goodreads:

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Series: My Great Bear Rainforest
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (August 22, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1459812700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1459812703

About Ian McAllister [photographer]


Born in Vancouver, Ian McAllister has become a leading Canadian advocate for coastal rainforest and marine wildlife protection. An award-winning author and photographer he is the founder of the wildlife conservation group Pacific Wild. He has spent the last twenty years documenting large carnivores that inhabit the rugged north coast of British Columbia. His research has been featured in many international television documentaries, films, magazines and other publications.

He is the author of four books on the carnivores of the BC coast and has been the recipient of a number of awards including the (NANPA) North American Nature Photographers Vision Award, along with his wife, Karen McAllister, he was named one of the “leaders for the 21st Century” by Time magazine. He is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) and lives with his family on the central coast of British Columbia in Heiltsuk First Nation territory. His current work focuses on the predator prey relationships, inspired by salmon, along the north Pacific. –Goodreads

You can also find Nicholas Reads on Goodreads.

This is book #6 for my Netgalley/Edelweiss Challenge. You can see my challenge here.


Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave comments and suggestions below. 😊

11 thoughts on “A Bear’s Life by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read – Children’s Book Review – #NGEW2018

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  2. Aaaww this sounds so sweet! I love learning new facts about almost everything, especially wildlife. Bears are just really awesome and I’m super curious about spirit bears now, I had no idea they existed – and they are just beautiful.
    Awesome review 🙂 Glad you had fun reading it with your family!

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    1. Thank you, Sophie. 💙 We didn’t know much about spirit bears either! It was a wonderful surprise. It’s always a pleasure learning along with children.

      I hope you get around to this one. It’s totally worth the read. 😉

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  4. starjustin

    Awesome review! I too am just learning for the first time that there are ‘spirit’ bears. Seems so amazing. Especially that they are really a type of black bear.

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