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Fables, Feathers & Fur Program Brings in Author of “Grizzly 399 Hibernation Pandemonium”

December 13, 2021

On Friday, December 17, 10:30-11am, the Fables, Feathers & Fur program will feature a special guest reader, Sylvia M. Medina, author of children’s book Grizzly 399’s Hibernation Pandemonium.

Fables, Feathers & Fur is a children’s program of storytelling and art making geared toward ages 3-6 and occurs every first and third Friday through the end of March. This is an exciting opportunity for young visitors to engage with art through looking, reading, and creating in the galleries. This program is free and materials are provided.

During the December 17 program, Medina will read her book aloud in the Artists Theater, where Thomas D. Mangelsen’s photographs of Grizzly 399 are on display as part of the While They’re Sleeping: A Story of Bears exhibition. After the story portion of the program, children are invited to participate in sculpting their own bear out of clay in the classroom. Grizzly 399’s Hibernation Pandemonium is available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

“Sylvia Medina is the author of 31 children’s books that celebrate the natural world and teach children the importance of helping preserve animals and the environment,” says Jane Lavino, Sugden Chief Curator of Education. “Sylvia joins us from her home in Idaho to read aloud her 2021 book about local legend, Grizzly 399. Mama bear surprised everyone when she emerged from her den in 2020 with four cute cubs. This story is a tale of what the cubs might have experienced during their first year in the Tetons and how crowded it must have been when they returned to the den after their first summer.”


Medina is the President and CEO of Green Kids Club, Inc., who specializes in writing children’s books related to environmental stewardship and learning concepts for children. Green Kids has won several book awards from various groups including Dr. Toy, Parents Choice, Tillywig and the 2021 Book Excellence Award for Grizzly 399 and A Tail of Three Lions.

The Fables, Feathers & Fur program is generously sponsored by The Smart Family Fund and Nancy and Dick Collister.