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Scruffy: A Wolf Finds His Place in the Pack

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Scruffy just didn't seem to fit in. When photographer Jim Brandenburg first saw him on the tundra of Ellesmere Island, the yearling wolf was awkward and his fur was a mess.

A professional photographer visits Ellesmere Island near the North Pole and observes the behavior of a pack of Arctic wolves, focusing on a timid male that becomes the pack's babysitter.

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Overview

Scruffy just didn't seem to fit in. When photographer Jim Brandenburg first saw him on the tundra of Ellesmere Island, the yearling wolf was awkward and his fur was a mess.

A professional photographer visits Ellesmere Island near the North Pole and observes the behavior of a pack of Arctic wolves, focusing on a timid male that becomes the pack's babysitter.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Wendy Ricci
Readers are brought to the North Pole at a place called Ellesmere Island where they meet Scruffy, a year old Arctic wolf. This particular wolf ranks low in his pack and is seen trying to hunt, eat eggs from Arctic birds, and get attention from his family members-all without success. The author follows the animals long enough to discover that the one thing that Scruffy is good at is babysitting the younger pups. Vivid photographs taken by the author for National Geographic accompany the text, making the readers a part of the experience.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Award-winning photographer and nature writer Brandenburg chronicles the life of a young Arctic wolf. Nicknamed "Scruffy" for his disheveled appearance, the young wolf is shown interacting with his pack and struggling to establish himself within the hierarchical wolf family. As Scruffy begins to take care of some new wolf pups, readers are given a fascinating look at the social structure of these interesting animals. The text occasionally lapses into anthropomorphism in its attempt to give Scruffy's search for a place in the pack some human dimension. While some readers may be put off by references to human emotions and sensibilities, they're sure to find the stunning full-color photography and Scruffy's eventual acceptance compelling.-Ellen M. Riordan, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Scruffy is an Arctic wolf who is not fully grown and does not measure up to the other wolves in the pack. Brandenburg (To the Top of the World, 1995, etc.) explains that he met Scruffy while on assignment to Ellesmere Island near the North Pole for National Geographic magazine. Fascinated by the messiest, goofiest wolf in the pack, Brandenburg begins to observe and photograph Scruffy. The technically adept, full-color photographs are engagingly expressive of the "adolescent" wolf's efforts to grow up. Scruffy is not coddled and is frequently beaten up by the more dominant wolves when he gets out of line. The climax comes when Scruffy finds his niche: caretaker and teacher to generations of new pups.

Young readers will come away from this beautiful book with lessons about their own journeys. Scruffy's perseverance, combined with the text's conversational tone, makes the story accessible to a wide range of readers.

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“Young readers will come away from this beautiful book with lessons about their own journeys. Scruffy’s perseverance, combined with the text’s conversational tone, makes the story accessible to a wide range of readers.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802784469
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Minnesota photographer, Jim Brandenburg, began his career as a natural history photographer and filmmaker while majoring in studio art at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He went on to become Picture Editor at the Worthington Daily Globe in southern Minnesota. While at the Daily Globe, Brandenburg began freelancing for National Geographic.

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