Bauer, Erwin and Peggy, BEARS OF ALASKA. Sasquatch Books. Softbound $15.95.

A sure sign of spring in Alaska is the issue of new books geared for the tourist. Bears are of perennial interest to those who live here as well as visitors. That was abundantly clear last year when bears were roaming the streets of Juneau and Sitka.

The Bauerís have wonderful photographs of bears in Alaska, Sasquatch has excellent color reproduction, and the result is a small book ready for the gift shops. Marvelous illustrations of happy, angry, amusing, and amused bears. $15.95 seems a bit steep for such a little book, but donít overlook the fascination with bruins.

D. L.