Cover image for Once a wolf : how wildlife biologists fought to bring back the gray wolf
Title:
Once a wolf : how wildlife biologists fought to bring back the gray wolf
Author:
Swinburne, Stephen R.
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Publication Information:
Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin, 1999.
Physical Description:
48 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 24 x 29 cm
Summary:
Surveys the history of the troubled relationship between wolves and humans, examines the view that these predators are a valuable part of the ecosystem, and describes the conservation movement to restore them to the wild.
General Note:
"Scientists in the field"--Cocer.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
1050 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.5 1.0 31639.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 8.5 5 Quiz: 21976 Guided reading level: R.
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ISBN:
9780395898277
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Book

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Summary

With powerful and rare photographs by Jim Brandenburg, Once a Wolf explores the long, troubled relationship between humans and wolves. The book traces the persecution of the wolf throughout history and also reveals the role scientists have played in wolf preservation. The work of scientists can often seem mysterious and intimidating to the nonscientist. No longer! Introducing an exciting perspective on the important work of scientists in all areas of research and study. Scientists in the Field show people immersed in the unpredictable and dynamic natural world, making science more accessible, relevant, and exciting to young readers. Far from the research laboratory, these books show first-hand adventures in the great outdoors - adventures with a purpose. From climbing into a snake den with thousands of slithering snakes to tracking wolves, readers experience the thrill of discovering the unknown.


Author Notes

STEPHEN SWINBURNE is the author of numerous children's books about nature. A lifelong naturalist, he lives in South Londonderry, Vermont.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Swinburne reprises the controversy surrounding the battle to reintroduce the gray wolf to Yellowstone Park, a 25-year struggle that he calls the toughest conservation issue in American history. In looking back over the history, he gives some sense of the feelings of the farmers and ranchers who sought to eradicate the wolves, but he concentrates largely on biologists, conservationists, and others, such as L. David Mech and Doug Smith, who sought not only to reintroduce the wolves but also educate people as to their value in nature's scheme. He follows with the poignant account of the eventual reintroduction, a story both sad and joyous. The fine and plentiful pictures, by well-known photographer Jim Brandenburg, are disturbing (a distraught wolf caught in the jaws of a steel trap, a dead wolf and her equally dead pups), but they clearly and vividly depict the nobility of the gray wolf in its natural surroundings. --Stephanie Zvirin


Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Drawing on myth, legend, history, and science, Swinburne recounts the efforts of conservationists to reintroduce the wolf to the American landscape. Stunning photographs reflect the quiet dignity of this much-maligned creature. (May) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-The excitement of science in action fills the pages of these two books. Montgomery focuses on one man and his research on the red-sided garter snake in Canada. The lively text communicates both the meticulous measurements required in this kind of work and the thrill of new discoveries. Large, full-color photos of the zoologist and young students at work, and lots of wriggly snakes, pull readers into the presentation. A list of "unsolved mysteries" about the snakes and instructions on visiting the snake dens will keep interest high to the very last page. Swinburne gives a historical perspective on the extermination of wolves from the Lower 48 states and details the work of biologists in their efforts to reintroduce the animals into Yellowstone National Park. Vintage illustrations (including pictures of dead wolves) and excellent full-color photos document a struggle that, unfortunately, is far from over. A map showing current and historical wolf ranges and a list for further reading that includes books, periodicals, and Web sites are helpful additions. Two outstanding titles that show scientists at work.-Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.