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New Children’s Book Released

YODEL THE YEARLING book cover for blogLast April I had the rare opportunity to observe and photograph a wild female Black Bear and her three yearlings in New Hampshire woods shortly after they had emerged from hibernation. Somewhat habituated to humans, they allowed me to sit and watch them sleep, play, mock-fight, and best of all, nurse. These activities and more are recorded in my most recent children’s book, Yodel the Yearling, which has just been released. The book contains photographs of these bears and their antics as well as the many signs that can tell you if Black Bears are inhabiting your woods! What 3 to 8-year-old doesn’t like a good bedtime bear story?

To order from the publisher, go to Naturally Curious blog ( and click on Yodel the Yearling book cover on right hand side. Also available from independent bookstores and online.


18 responses

  1. Ellen walter

    Hi Mary,
    I have a gift store in Brandon, Vt. I would love to have your books in the shop! We carry some books from Penguin on various topics and happily they sell through well for us. I am sure that your books would also be of interest. Please let me know how/if I may set up a wholesale acct. thank you, Ellen Blue Moon Gifts 31 Center St. Brandon, Vt. 05733

    February 23, 2018 at 8:37 am

    • Virginia Cazort

      I forwarded this to Jill Robinson at AnimalsAsia because she is doing her best to save the back and moon bears being hed in crush cages in China. If you do not know AnimalsAsia please find out about it and help Jill correct the HORRIBLE conditions under which these bears exist. Watch “Cages of Shame” on the AnimalsAsia websit and you wi never be the same and might even take on the bear cause yourself.

      February 23, 2018 at 9:01 am

    • Ellen, if you send me your email address (mine is I can send you information on how to contact my publishers. Thank you so much for your very kind offer.

      February 23, 2018 at 9:11 am

  2. Alice Pratt

    Congratulations to you, Mary! That’s such a superbly awesome experience….not to just observe and photograph and document…but now to share. Otis must love it!

    February 23, 2018 at 8:40 am

  3. Alice Pratt

    I’m very happy to tell you…and very happy for me…to be expecting all ❤️”10″❤️ of your Children’s Books….(which I just ordered) ….will be so fun to share them!

    February 23, 2018 at 9:12 am

  4. Stephanie Moffett Hynds

    Congratulations, Mary, on the publication of your latest book! I can’t wait to read it.

    February 23, 2018 at 9:25 am

  5. Kathie Fiveash

    Congratulations Mary!! Looks wonderful.

    February 23, 2018 at 10:25 am

  6. Jerome Andrew

    Why is no credit given to Ben Kilham without who you would have been able to make your observations???????

    February 23, 2018 at 11:04 am

    • While I am a great fan of Ben Kilham, and indebted to him for his gift of a bear skull and fecal plug and den visits, he had nothing to do with the photography in this book. These were wild bears, and not his released bears, which I tracked and found myself.

      February 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm

  7. Pat

    What a fun sounding book — and it must have been even more entertaining to observe the bears doing what bears do. Congratulations, Mary!

    February 23, 2018 at 11:26 am

  8. Sally Brady

    Congratulations, Mary! Yodel looks just wonderful. And I loved the photo of Greta the other day. Good luck with all that’s going on in your life. Hope we’ll run into each other again soon.



    February 23, 2018 at 3:25 pm

  9. Margaret Gale

    Thank you, Mary! I just ordered two copies from my local independent bookstore in Littleton, NH.: one for me and one for my library.

    February 24, 2018 at 9:57 am

  10. Robert Crosby

    Mary, I visited the Montshire Museum of Science the other day with my son and grandson. Really enjoyed seeing so many of your photographs on the wall. A great place to visit and to see young children enjoying learning more about the natural world. Thanks for your part. Rob

    February 25, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    • Thank you, Rob. The Montshire is one of my favorite spots!

      February 25, 2018 at 3:27 pm

  11. Mary I just ordered your new book–Looking forward to reading and seeing the book. All the best-Congratulations!

    February 25, 2018 at 8:40 pm

  12. Dede & Kendrick Heath

    Dear Mary Holland ~ I’ve just tried to order your Day by Day book, as your email said it was soon going out of print. BUT I hit a dead end when I got to Rowman publishers, and kept getting the message that the page did not exist (or some such). Please help! I’d really like to order a copy of the book. Thanks ~ Dede Heath (aka Edith Kearney)

    Edith Kearney PO Box 1174 Damariscotta ME 04543-1174

    * * * Dede & Kendrick Heath


    March 3, 2018 at 8:52 am

    • Hi Dede,
      Just so you know, it isn’t Naturally Curious Day by Day that’s going out of print, it’s my original Naturally Curious book. You should be able to click on the cover and it will take you to the publisher, Trafalgar Square Books. If not, you can order it from any independent bookstore (if they don’t have it) or online on Amazon, etc. I’ll have to check out the Day by Day link. So sorry!

      March 3, 2018 at 4:23 pm

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