A beautifully illustrated and educational children's book that tells the true life story of Grouse Mountain's famous resident grizzly bears.
Coola and Grinder are two adult grizzly bears living at the “peak of Vancouver” on Grouse Mountain. For the past eighteen years they have been among the mountain’s biggest attractions. People from all over the world flock to see these magnificent creatures, who live in a five-acre wildlife refuge that simulates a grizzly bear’s natural habitat. Contrary to popular belief, the bears are not brothers; they were brought to the mountain as orphaned cubs born on opposite sides of the province—Coola hails from Bella Coola, and Grinder (named after the Grouse Grind hiking trail) was born near Invermere.
The Grizzlies of Grouse Mountain tells the heartwarming and inspiring tale of Coola and Grinder’s life on the mountain, their distinct personalities, and their important role in teaching wildlife rangers and scientists about grizzly bear behaviour. Written for young school-age children, this book presents facts and entertaining anecdotes about the bears in a clear and engaging way, and imparts valuable lessons about the importance of wildlife conservation. This richly illustrated book will foster children’s love of wildlife for years to come.
Shelley Hrdlitschka is a long-time resident of North Vancouver, home of Coola and Grinder. She discovered her love for children’s literature while teaching school and was inspired her to write her own books. She is now the author of eleven novels for teens. When she is not reading or writing, she can be found hiking, snowshoeing, Zumba dancing, or hanging out with the grizzly bears at the Grouse Mountain Wildlife Refuge.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Rae Schidlo is a retired teacher who loves the outdoors, animals, hiking, cycling, swimming, gardening, reading, line dancing, and volunteering at the Grouse Mountain Wildlife Refuge.
Linda Sharp holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Alberta. She works in fabric and paint, using oilsticks to capture movement and visual energy. Linda volunteers with North Vancouver Community Players and Theatre West Van, designing graphics and painting sets.
EXPANDED MARKETING & PROMO:
- Regional and subject specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast and television interviews. Targeted media include: Vancouver Sun, North Shore News, Vancouver is Awesome, Quill & Quire, CM Magazine, Resource Links, Postscript, Best Books For Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book News, OWL Magazine, WILD Magazine; CBC Radio: Early Edition, North by Northwest; TV: Global BC News, Breakfast Television Vancouver, CTV News Vancouver
- Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
- Publicity and promotion in conjunction with authors’ speaking engagements on Grouse Mountain and elsewhere
- Outreach to subject specific organizations (including Grouse Mountain Wildlife Refuge, Grouse Mountain Educational Programs, Grizzly Bear Foundation, Canadian Wildlife Federation, and other conservation organizations), markets, and festivals
- Outreach to travel and tourism organizations, including Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Tourism Vancouver
- Regional author tour to Grouse Mountain and other North Shore and Vancouver tourist attractions, bookstores (including Kidsbooks in Edgemont Village), North Shore and Lower Mainland public libraries and schools
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- Electronic ARC
- Electronic blads
- Press release
The remarkable lives of these two gentle giants are superbly described by the authors, while the beautiful illustrations perfectly capture the bears’ myriad facial expressions. Grinder and Coola have taught thousands of people that, despite some obvious differences, they really are a lot like us.- Dr. Ken MacQuistan, D.V.M. Managing Director/Veterinarian, Grouse Mountain Wildlife Refuge
Through this inspiring story, we have a rare opportunity to learn more about the orphaned grizzly bears of Grouse Mountain and to develop a deeper understanding of their life and habits. Readers can see the value of protecting this magnificent species and the importance of conserving wilderness habitat for bears. Rich illustrations and a touching narrative make this book a wonderful resource for any young reader.- Deborah Hodge, author of West Coast Wild
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