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The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest
     

The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest

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by Ian McAllister, Nicholas Read
 

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The Sea Wolves sets out to disprove the notion of "the Big Bad Wolf," especially as it is applied to coastal wolves—a unique strain of wolf that lives in the rainforest along the Pacific coast of Canada. Genetically distinct from their inland cousins and from wolves in any other part of the world, coastal wolves can swim like otters and fish like the bears

Overview

The Sea Wolves sets out to disprove the notion of "the Big Bad Wolf," especially as it is applied to coastal wolves—a unique strain of wolf that lives in the rainforest along the Pacific coast of Canada. Genetically distinct from their inland cousins and from wolves in any other part of the world, coastal wolves can swim like otters and fish like the bears with whom they share the rainforest. Smaller than the gray wolves that live on the other side of the Coast Mountains, these wolves are highly social and fiercely intelligent creatures. Living in the isolated wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest, coastal wolves have also enjoyed a unique relationship with man. The First Nations people, who have shared their territory for thousands of years, do not see them as a nuisance species but instead have long offered the wolf a place of respect and admiration within their culture. Illustrated with almost one hundred of Ian McAllister's magnificent photographs, The Sea Wolves presents a strong case for the importance of preserving the Great Bear Rainforest for the wolves, the bears and the other unique creatures that live there.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a companion to The Salmon Bears, McAllister and Read set out to prove that "if you put aside all the bad press they've received in North American history, European fairy tales and Disney cartoons... you'll discover that wolves are fascinating," delivering a engaging account that focuses on the wolves that inhabit British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest. Aug-mented by a bounty of sharp photos taken at close range (that say as much about this stunning section of the Pacific coast as they do about the wolves) and "Wolf Bites" sidebars about everything from the animals' social hierarchy to the differences between wolves and dogs, the authors provide a comprehensive study of these wolves while cautioning that, in contrast to their fierce image, they are quite vulnerable to environmental changes and human behavior. Ages 8–up. (Oct.)
CM Magazine
"The authors make an impassioned plea to see these wolves as fragile symbols of a wild setting, both of which are worthy of protection…The same exceptional photography that readers saw in The Salmon Bears also graces this publication, bringing readers up close and personal with wolf subjects engaged in everyday activities, views that few people will likely see in the wild…Highly Recommended."
Booklist
"A warm, informative introduction to a distinct strain of wolves that inhabit the British Columbian coast...In succinct, conversational language, the authors present attention grabbing facts…[and] McAllister's highly expressive, close-up photos of the beautiful animals hunting, lounging, and nuzzling will easily draw browsers…A strong choice for both classroom science units and personal reading."
Canadian Teacher
"Illustrated with stunning photographs of the wolves and bears that live in the Great Bear Rainforest on the western edge of Canada...[Sea Wolves and Salmon Bears] would be useful for classroom units on animals, ecology, [and] wilderness conservation."
Best Books of 2010 January Magazine
"I can't imagine the reader who wouldn't enjoy this one....The Sea Wolves is an enchanting and deeply interesting book, dense with well-shared information and informative sidebars, not to mention some very good photographs...Young naturalists will enjoy the book almost as much as their parents will."
Resource Links
"[An] informative text, filled with spectacular photographs...This book is a fascinating story of their lifecycle and habitat...Beautifully presented, each chapter is filled with many full-page illustrations of these intriguing wolves and their varying environment...Highly recommended for both school and classroom libraries as well as for personal information."
The Globe and Mail
"[A] terrific book...An engaging text, and McAllister's stunning colour photographs of coastal wolves catching salmon and raising pups in their natural habitat...provide a compelling case for protection of the rain forest and all its denizens."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media
"Gorgeously photographed and informative...The book is written in an accessible almost conversational style as it dispels the "big bad wolf" mythology and describes the unique relationship with First Nations people with whom the wolf has shared their territory for thousands of years."
Library Media Connection
"McAllister's stunning photographs accompany the text and provide an intriguing portrait of these fascinating animals. The text and photographs complement each other nicely and provide an in-depth examination of this species. Sidebars throughout the text offer further nuggets of information. Contact information for Pacific Wild rounds out the book. For those who want to learn more about these distinct animals, this book is a treasure trove."
Canadian Children's Book News
"The friendly, well-written and easy-flowing text makes it a great book for reading aloud to a class or for a child who enjoys reading about animals."
PSLA Top Forty
"[A] stunning presentation...Through discussion and beautiful photography the authors try to dispel the bad reputation of wolves and to make a case for protecting their environment from development. The book will be useful for environmental studies and as an example of genetic variation and adaptation within a species to the environment."
Canadian Literature
"A fascinating account of the lives of the wolves which inhabit BC's Great Bear Rainforest, on the northern coast. Filled with photographs of the wolves in their habitat pursuing their daily lives, this book is rich and in-depth...The prose is beautifully written...[and] wonderfully presents the many lives of the creatures which inhabit this ecologically diverse area of pristine wilderness...Visually the book is stunning, with an evocative text."
BookLinx
"The photography is marvelous...breathtaking, even."
The Globe & Mail
"[A] terrific book...An engaging text, and McAllister's stunning colour photographs of coastal wolves catching salmon and raising pups in their natural habitat...provide a compelling case for protection of the rain forest and all its denizens."
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
From an early age, we are all told to fear "the big, bad wolf." However, this beautiful and informative short book shows a completely different side of this often maligned animal. The authors focus on a particular breed of wolves that lives in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, but much information is also provided about wolves in general. Arranged according to seasons, the book begins in spring with the birth of cubs and follows them to adulthood focusing on the life of a wolf family as it hunts for food at different times of year. Young readers may be distressed to learn that the main source of food for the sea wolves is deer, but the authors sensitively explain the importance of maintaining the food chain. "Wolf Bites" give additional facts in green boxes in the margins for quick reference. Environmental issues are clearly addressed. Breathtaking photography with informative captions makes the wolves' habitat come alive. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—The authors make no pretense of objectivity in their overview of the lives of the sea wolves that live on the mainland and coastal islands of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest. They devote much of the first chapter to debunking myths about "big bad" wolves and stress their similarity to humans. Such comparisons crop up elsewhere in the text, which follows the animals through the seasons, beginning with spring births. Readers learn about the wolves' social structure, habitat, survival skills, and physical characteristics. The text explains how coastal wolves differ from other wolf populations in size, coloring, and swimming ability. Advocacy for their survival permeates the book, especially the concluding chapter, where the authors admonish readers to change "our greedy, short-sighted ways." The only humans they admire are First Nations people, who have coexisted peacefully with wolves in the GBR for hundreds of years. The book's style is informal and conversational. The arresting images of wolves and their surroundings reveal McAllister's passion for his subject and his skill as a photographer. Librarians might consider purchasing the volume for its captivating, full-color photos and its introduction to a unique subject while keeping in mind the heavy doses of advocacy that accompany the information.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Kirkus Reviews
Self-described follower Kerry ("I was always a step behind. I lived back there") finds herself in over her head when she is unexpectedly adopted by the three coolest girls in school. The power trio, headed by the Machiavellian Tanya, who has the mysterious ability to slow time, proceed to use Kerry as their patsy until their untimely deaths in a car accident. Kerry is devastated--until she receives a text from Beyond instructing her to meet the resurrected crew for a night of pre-prom partying. But when she realizes dead Tanya is bent on eliminating the one boy who dared turn her down, the serial follower must take charge in order to save Prom Night. This staccato-sentenced chiller is not so much a ghost story as it is a smart, sly treatise on friendship, bullying and the timeless power of high-school hierarchies. Peck's supernatural worldbuilding is a bit muddy, but when he hits his stride, his sonorous language chills; his real-life depictions of adolescent egotism and back-stabbing cruelty are spot-on. Probably more for fans of Cecily Von Ziegesar than Lois Duncan. (Horror. 12 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554692064
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,259,266
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
1110L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ian McAllister is an award-winning photographer and author of six books, including The Salmon Bears, The Sea Wolves and The Great Bear Sea (all with Nicholas Read). He is the founding director of Pacific Wild, a Canadian nonprofit wildlife conservation group. For more information, visit www.pacificwild.org.

Nicholas Read is a journalism instructor at Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He collaborated with Ian McAllister on Wolf Island, The Salmon Bears, The Sea Wolves and The Great Bear Sea and wrote City Critters, about urban wildlife. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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dayzd89 More than 1 year ago
Do you love nature? Does learning about wildlife appeal to you? Are you a fan of wolves? Then The Sea Wolves: Living Wild in the Great Bear Rainforest is an ideal pick for you. I'm a huge fan of all three so picking up this book from the library was a must for me. It's definitely one of my favorites now. I love how easy it is to read; a ten year old can learn as much from this book as a forty year old. And who can forget the stunning, mesmerizing photographs? I was held in awe learning about not only the amazing sea wolves but about the Great Bear Rainforest and the other animals and plant life that inhabit it. However, the ending was bittersweet to me. I love the author's message that we must protect our wildlife at all costs. But it saddens me to think that there are so many people that don't want to preserve it. They would prefer to eradicate all wolves because they falsely perceive them to be monsters. But we share so many similarities with them. Maybe that's why I love this book so much. Even though we have our differences, we still have so many similarities, more than we think. A must for wolf and nature lovers.
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