The wolves are back

Jean Craighead George, 1919-

Book - 2008

For over a century, wolves were persecuted in the United States and nearly became extinct. Gradually reintroduced, they are thriving again in the West, much to the benefit of the ecosystem.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
New York, N.Y. : Dutton Children's Books c2008.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 24 x 29 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780525479475
0525479473
Main Author
Jean Craighead George, 1919- (-)
Other Authors
Wendell Minor (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* In 1995, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone Park—first time they had been part of the park's ecosystem for many years. Although George follows one wolf's growth from pup to adult, the emphasis here is not as much on the wolves and their habits, but on how their presence has changed the ecosystem and returned its natural balance. In just one example, the wolves drove the elk herds to seek refuge higher in the hills, causing the valley grasses to grow taller, allowing for the return of the Vesper sparrow, which uses the grasses for food and nests. George writes about each of the changes caused by the wolves' return in simple, rhythmic, informative prose. Adding to the book's appeal are Minor's finely detailed illustrations, featuring spectacularly rendered animals in the foreground of the bold, western landscapes. Together the words and pictures make for a highly effective and enjoyable explanation of how the presence of one animal can profoundly affect an ecosystem. Match this with Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's When the Wolves Returned (2008). Copyright 2008 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 1–4— An uplifting, lyrical story of how wolves were returned to Yellowstone Park after having been aggressively hunted throughout the United States. By 1926, there were no more wolves in the 48 states; the directors of the national parks wanted only "gentle animals." When people realized that nobody had ever been attacked by a wolf, 10 Canadian wolves were released into Yellowstone in 1995, and their numbers increased. Minor's realistic illustrations in natural tones give depth to the sense of joy one experiences through seeing the wolves and other animals restored to a balance of nature. The art, some full page, some full spread, captures life in the park, with its bears, birds, bison, and beavers, its bees, butterflies, and dragonflies. Almost every paragraph ends with the simple but effective refrain, "The wolves were back." Although this is not a detailed account of how the animals live, it is full of facts that children will enjoy as they reflect on the flora and fauna of the area, and on the need to protect our wildlife. This would be a great book for reading aloud, as well as for independent enjoyment.—Esther Moberg, Creswell Library, OR [Page 184]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After being persecuted for over a century in the United States and in danger of becoming extinct, wolves are now thriving again in the West, much to the benefit of the ecosystem.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Introduces young readers to the beauty and majesty of these creatures of the wild, the areas in which they live and breed today, and the way they almost came to extinction at the hands of man through intentional acts of persecution during the past one hundred years. 25,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

For over a century, wolves were persecuted in the United States and nearly became extinct. Gradually reintroduced, they are thriving again in the West, much to the benefit of the ecosystem.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Two renowned children's book creators teamed up to make this stirring picture book that tells the story of how, over a century, wolves were persecuted in the United States and nearly became extinct. Gradually reintroduced, they are thriving again in the West, much to the benefit of the ecosystem. This book will teach a new generation to appreciate the grace, dignity, and value of wolves as it promotes awareness of the environment's delicate balance. Paired with gorgeous paintings by landscape artist Wendell Minor, Jean Craighead George's engaging text will inspire people of all ages to care about the protection of endangered species.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

Two renowned children’s book creators teamed up to make this stirring picture book that tells the story of how, over a century, wolves were persecuted in the United States and nearly became extinct. Gradually reintroduced, they are thriving again in the West, much to the benefit of the ecosystem. This book will teach a new generation to appreciate the grace, dignity, and value of wolves as it promotes awareness of the environment’s delicate balance. Paired with gorgeous paintings by landscape artist Wendell Minor, Jean Craighead George’s engaging text will inspire people of all ages to care about the protection of endangered species.