The Biggest Bear on Earth, by Harold McCracken. 4to, xii + 114 pages, with frontispiece in color and other full-page illustrations by Paul Bransom. New York: Frederick A. Stokes and Co., 1944. Price $2.00.
The author is a member of the Explorers Club, a scientist who has produced an authoritative work on the sea otter. He has now written of the Great Brown (Kodiak) Bear for children and adults, and one of our foremost animal artists has been chosen as illustrator. This in the best way of interesting young people in the study of nature, for the facts are true and the story is written with understanding. The Kodiak, although belonging to the grizzly family, is twice the size of its western relative, and may attain a weight of 2000 lbs. Its habitat is the coastal and larger island region of the Alaska peninsula, and the great mammal’s life cycle of struggle for existence is here rounded out.
J. M. T.