Family Pack

Family Pack

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by Sandra Markle, Alan Marks
     
 

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A real-life story of adaptation and survival.

Acclaimed science writer Sandra Markle and celebrated artist Alan Marks team up for the fifth time in this fascinating real-life story of a wolf and her pack.

Years ago, an effort had been made to eliminate wolves from Yellowstone National Park. Recently, conservationists decided to reintroduce the animal to the

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A real-life story of adaptation and survival.

Acclaimed science writer Sandra Markle and celebrated artist Alan Marks team up for the fifth time in this fascinating real-life story of a wolf and her pack.

Years ago, an effort had been made to eliminate wolves from Yellowstone National Park. Recently, conservationists decided to reintroduce the animal to the area, relocating wolves from Canada. Family Pack introduces readers to Female 7 and Male 2, the founders of the Leopold wolf pack—the first naturally formed pack after the relocation effort.

Readers follow Female 7 as she sets out on her own upon her release to the 2.2-million-acre area that is Yellowstone. Without the comfort of her mother or other wolves, the young female grows and learns to feed, hunt, and survive in her new home. Eventually, she crosses paths with Male 2, and the wolves form a family of their own.

Back matter includes more information about wolves, a bibliography, and an author’s note about the Leopold pack and the importance of reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone, restoring the natural balance.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
This tale, of a young female wolf moved with her mother from Canada to Yellowstone National Park, is based on the true story of how wolves have been reintroduced to the park. Wandering through the strange area alone in the cold winter, the wolf must hunt for her food. By the time winter comes again she is a two-year-old veteran adult hunter. On a high plateau she encounters a male wolf. They become a mated pair, hunting as a team. The female gives birth to pups and nurses them as the male hunts to feed them all. One day the four pups are ready to leave the den. Soon they will hunt together. The visual narrative is told in naturalistic double-page scenes produced with watercolors, pen, and pencil. We sense the action and participate in the sights, the smells, the howling sounds of communication, and the hunts. The interactions among the parent wolves and their young are effectively pictured. We are left with a positive feeling about their future. Facts about the wolves and their reintroduction are included, along with a list of resources. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Markle imagines the life of a young wolf from Canada after she is relocated to Yellowstone as part of the effort to reintroduce the species to the area. The animal survives a year on her own, honing her hunting skills while she matures. After she finds a mate, the two hunt together until she settles into a den to give birth. The two adult wolves and four cubs become one of the successful family packs that have repopulated the park. Marks's watercolor illustrations capture the intelligence and strength of the predators. Although the story offers an interesting glimpse into the experiences of a pair of animals, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's When the Wolves Returned (Walker, 2008) and Jean Craighead George's The Wolves Are Back (Dutton, 2008) provide a broader picture by explaining the significance of wolves in the restoration of Yellowstone's natural balance. Markle's title could serve as a supplementary resource to those titles.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kirkus Reviews

As they did with their award-winningA Mother's Journey(2005), Markle and Marks bring the natural world close through the story of a single female animal—in this case, one of the grey wolves released into Yellowstone National Park in 1995. The young female chooses to live and hunt on her own for a year but eventually encounters a solitary male, with whom she mates and raises pups.The family becomes the first naturally formed pack in Yellowstone. The author manages to leave humankind out of the story; without a hint of anthropomorphism but with vivid, poetic language, she shows readers the wolves bound only by nature—"the young wolf stops, watching her prey escape / through a silver cloud of panted breath." Likewise, the illustrator's watercolorsadd drama and energy (but no gore), all the while keeping the wolves' animal nature paramount. The wolves in action are especially fine: The female pounces on the mouse in the snow; with her mate, she corners a buck. An excellent story for wolf-lovers and awelcome addition toelementary-school science shelves.(Informational picture book. 4-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580892179
Publisher:
Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,209,097
Product dimensions:
8.64(w) x 11.22(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
AD760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle has written over seventy nonfiction books for young readers, including her Growing Up Wild and Outside and Inside series. Her books have won awards from the Boston Globe/Horn Book, NSTA/CBC, ABA, and ALA. She lives in Florida.

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