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The Biography of a Grizzly

Ernest Thompson Seton

Book Overview: 

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 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.

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The most entertaining and vivid story I’ve ever read/listened to. Wahb is such a sweetie little bear. Def going to read more from this author

Also I found out he wrote this in 1900???!?!!?? Ahead of his time

A remarkable book in several ways. Despite the cover, this is not a wildlife biologist's tale of the life cycle of grizzly bears (i.e., brown bears, Ursus arctos horriblis); although there is a good amount of biological fact and observations, this is literature with touches of a poetic sensibility.

Loved this as a ten year old. 70 years later, my admiration triples. Seton did illustrations as well as the prose. Both are wonderful.

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!

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