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The Biography of a Grizzly

Ernest Thompson Seton

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Ernest Thompson Seton was a man with a concern for nature her creatures and an excellent story teller. I could almost feel Wahb, the great grizzly’s pain and frustration as he tried to avoid contact with humans and just be left alone to carry out his bear business.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then he smelled some strange animal smell and heard heavy footsteps; and not knowing what else to do, he climbed a tree. Presently a band of great, long-necked, slim-legged animals, taller than his Mother, came by under the tree. He [Pg 33] had seen such once before and had not been afraid of them then, because he had been with his Mother. But now he kept very quiet in the tree, and the big creatures stopped picking the grass when they were near him, and blowing their noses, ran out of sight.

He stayed in the tree till near morning, and then he was so stiff with cold that he could scarcely get down. But the warm sun came up, and he felt better as he sought about for berries and ants, for he was very hungry. Then he went back to the Piney and put his wounded foot in the ice-cold water.


He wanted to get back to the mountains again, but still he felt he must. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I listened to this as an audio book on my phone, and at the end found myself in tears because of it's poignancy. Biography of a Grizzly is a heartfelt and also heartbreaking tale of an orphaned cub who grows to learn the wilds of life on his own.

The book addresses the impact of man on nature and Wa

I run in to grizzly bears on the trail sometimes while hiking in Glacier National Park. They always bound off in to the forest as they tend to be solitary creatures. Nevertheless these moments always leave me with a sense of wonder and appreciation for these terrifyingly beautiful creatures.

Having r

Ernest Thompson Seton was an author, artist, and one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America. As a youth, he would draw and study animals as a way of avoiding his abusive father. He became fascinated with wolves while working as a naturalist for Manitoba.

Successful as a writer, artist and natu

Checked this out from the library to read to my kids. They hated it at fist because of the death early on, but didn’t stop listening and I had no desire to stop reading. We were mesmerized by the 167 pages. I love old books! My kids debated whether to give it 4 or 5 stars because it was a bit scary

I'm reading one of the early editions with the wonderful drawings and plates. A big thank you to my sister-in-law for sending me this find.

4.4 stars!

I checked this book out of the library when I was ten years old. The story is told from an orphaned grizzly, Waub's point of view. Originally published in 1900 as "Biography of a Grizzly"; Disney made it into a movie in 1970. The book was republished in 1970 as "King of the Grizzlies".


Well written, but very sad.

This is the first book I can remember reading. Staying up late reading under the covers I was probably 9 or 10. About a year later I found my dads stash of Louis L’Amour books and I was hooked.
I gave this book 5 stars because it kindled the love of reading in me!

Fabulous read.

I first read this as "King of the Grizzly's" in grade school, back in the 70's. I recently lost a toe, and it reminded me of the story. It is such a great storey of over coming diversity and hardship, to become the best you can be. To live life to the fullest no matter what life puts o

Wahb (meaning White Bear) is an orphaned Grizzly Bear who learns to respect his fears, fight for peace, and trust the healing powers of a stinky hot-spring.

The story is aptly titled The Biography of a Grizzly because it is about the life of a Grizzly.

Seton writes with a folksy tone that enlightene

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