Book Release: Ebony Bear, A Nurturing Ursine Learns a Lesson by Margaret DiBenedetto

FULL COURT PRESS announces the release of EBONY BEAR, A NURTURING URSINE LEARNS A LESSON by Margaret DiDenedetto with illustrations by Fabia Wargin.

Meet Ebony, a black bear and new mother of three cubs, and take a peek at their adventures as they learn to share the world with humans.

Ebony Bear is the first in a series of wildlife books that are based on research gathered from various sources, including scientific papers and websites, and communication with scientists and experts. DiBenedetto uses her personal knowledge and experiences to tell empathetic and compassionate stories of animals so that children and their parents will regard wildlife with interest and respect. DiBenedetto is familiar with children and what they enjoy reading, and her writing is attentive to their natural intelligence and curiosity. She has spent the past forty years reading bedtime stories to her children, their children, and various other children. As a result, her books are for parents as well, who might in one night have to read a book five or more times – Ebony Bear book includes little nuggets to maintain their interest and curiosity.

“Enchanting!” “I love how she tells the story, very engaging, and weaves into it lessons for the bears and for people too. The world needs this series . . .”
— Leslie T. Sharpe, author of The Quarry Fox: And Other Critters of the Wild Catskills

Author Margaret DiBenedetto is an environmentalist who has spent decades observing and working with wildlife and studying golden and bald eagles in New York State. She grew up on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains where she still lives with her husband and two very loud dogs. Her hobbies include snorkeling, baking lasagna for her family, and native gardening (for the birds). Wandering the fields, streams, and forests in her childhood made her a biologist; she earned a Bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University where she also studied Creative Writing with Texas Poet Laureate Dr. Paul Ruffin. She has served on the Board of Writers in the Mountains, and is currently a Trustee for the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve. She is also the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. DiBenedetto is a contributor to the Andes Gazette and a past editor/contributor to The Times of Halcott.

Illustrator Fabia Wargin studied fine arts, photography, and communication design which led to a career in design that has been sprinkled with her illustrations. Ebony Bear is Wargin’s children’s book illustration debut. The story and intent of the writer, Margaret DiBenedetto, inspired Wargin to create pictures for small girls and boys that are fun but also conjure a sense of what life can be like for black bears. 

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