The Bear's Autumn by Keizaburo Tejima.
The Green Tiger Press: La Jolla, CA, 1986. Originally published by Fukutake Pub. Co. Ltd.: Tokyo, Japan, 1986.
English translation by Susan Matsui.

Tejima is a woodcut artist, who has used fairy tales and themes of nature for his picture books. This is one of several books by Tejima. All have delightful print work, in color.

A mama and baby bear are feeding to store food for the winter. The mama is teaching her baby, who shows curiosity and playfulness in his climbing higher for a peek over the trees and his diving into the river to catch a moonlight fish.

The story is so simple, but it has a poignant feel. Lovely to think of a parent teaching a child about bears in nature, just as the mama bear is teaching her young.

related-animals, bears, fall, food
RL=RL=1st, mostly read aloud, to babies-K

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