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category: Children's Nonfiction
published: Sep 2020
publisher: Heritage House Publishing

The Grizzlies of Grouse Mountain

The True Adventures of Coola and Grinder

by Shelley Hrdlitschka & Rae Schidlo

tagged: bears, animal welfare, zoology

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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.

About the Authors
Shelley Hrdlitschka has written many novels for teens, including Sister Wife, which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where she hikes, snowshoes and hangs out with grizzly bears at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. For more information, visit www.shelleyhrdlitschka.ca.

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.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
4 to 8
p to 3
Reading age:
4 to 8
Editorial Review

"An excellent introduction to the lives of grizzly bears." —Canadian Children's Book News

"Steers away from being sensational and focuses instead on motivating young readers to be interested in the welfare of grizzlies." —BC BookWorld

". . . offers many facts about grizzlies — their diet and hibernation routines, explanations of the differences between the two bears (one is a coastal species, the other from the interior). Websites provide links to more information about bears and animal conservation, and also to the webcams on Grouse." —BC Books for BC Schools

". . . will be a hit with young readers who have an interest in wildlife." —Resource Links

“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. 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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