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Exploring the world of wolves
Read, Tracy C.
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Publication Information:
Richmond Hill, Ont. : Firefly Books, [2010]

Physical Description:
24 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Presents information about the life cycle, physical characteristics, habitat, and predatory behavior of wolves.
General Note:
Includes index.
Meet the gray wolf -- Anatomy lesson -- Natural talents -- Pack mentality -- Instant messaging -- The hunt for survival.

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QL737.C22 R398 2010 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The wild, wary gray wolf.

The largest wild member of the dog family, the gray wolf stalks much larger mammals, such as the elk, caribou and moose. How does it succeed? Built to run, the long-legged wolf on the hunt uses its powerful sight, hearing, smell and physical strength. But, like the domestic dog, the wolf is a social animal: it lives in a pack.

In this fully illustrated introduction, young readers will learn how group living makes sense for the wolf, allowing it to form strong bonds and share tasks like rearing its young, finding food and communicating over long distances. They'll also find out how habitat destruction, poisoning campaigns and hunting have reduced gray wolf populations in much of North America.

Full-color photographs provide close-ups and action shots, while the engaging text, sidebars and captions tell the life history of an animal that researchers agree has one of nature's most engaging personalities.

Firefly Books' Exploring the World of... nature series was created for younger readers who are eager to learn more about the wild creatures of North America. Each title contains beautiful photographs that depict the animals in their natural habitats, while the highly readable text explores their daily lives -- where and how they make their homes, what they eat, how they hunt, how they communicate and how they raise their young.

Author Notes

Tracy C. Read is an editor and writer who has a special interest in nature and the environment. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

These new titles in the Exploring the World of . . . series offer an abundance of in-depth, intriguing information and are appropriate for research or pleasure reading. In each title, Read discusses the features of the animal's anatomy ( With its narrow chest and powerful back, the wolf is built for distance and endurance rather than speed ), describes typical family and social structures, and explores the creatures' behavior. Although the series title suggests that the books present a comprehensive exploration of each animal, they tend to cover their subjects more narrowly. Exploring the World of Wolves focuses particularly on the gray wolf but frequently mentions other species, such as the red wolf and the white wolf. Highlights include descriptions of pack life, hunting methods, and alpha wolves. Throughout the series, two- to four-page chapters mix smaller photos with full-page color photos, and the attractive format will help less-able readers navigate the sometimes dense, detailed paragraphs. A single page of back matter includes an index and photo credits.--Aronin, Miriam Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5-Each book examines the featured animal's anatomy, senses, mating and family behaviors, communication, diet, and distribution. The first book focuses on bald eagles and golden eagles, aerial fights, molting, binocular vision, monogamy, nest construction, DDT, and the birds' endangered status. Wolves covers hierarchy, tracking by smell, vocalizations, hunting, and prey. The texts are arranged in columns opposite full-page photos for the most part. Facts and supporting photos are displayed as overlays in bubbles. Pages are glossy and visually rich. Some idioms are used in explanations that might trip up some readers, such as "saying uncle" or "pecking order." The writing is lean and might appeal to reluctant readers dogged by report assignments.-S. McClendon, Friends School of Atlanta, Decatur, GA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.