To the Top of the World: Adventures with Arctic Wolves

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A wildlife photographer records in text and photographs two visits to Ellesmere Island, Northwest Territories, where he filmed a pack of Arctic wolves over several months.

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Overview

A wildlife photographer records in text and photographs two visits to Ellesmere Island, Northwest Territories, where he filmed a pack of Arctic wolves over several months.

A wildlife photographer records in text and photographs two visits to Ellesmere Island, Northwest Territories, where he filmed a pack of Arctic wolves over several months.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wildlife photographer Brandenburg's account of a summer he spent near the Arctic Circle with a pack of white wolves is spirited by wildness, discovery and danger, yet also gentled by awe, mutual respect and profound emotion. ``Thrilled'' at the prospect of knowing wolves ``that hadn't learned to fear humans,'' Brandenburg slips into their world without interrupting it and captures their behaviors, personalities and intelligence in word pictures nearly as descriptive and articulate as his photography. On the musicality of howling: ``Every wolf avoided hitting the same note . . . . When this happened by accident, one of the voices would frantically shuffle about until discord could be achieved once again.'' Although wary of anthropomorphism, Brandenburg writes that ``animals undoubtedly have more feelings than we give them credit for.'' This subtle, underlying persuasion, while never overwrought, gives the book a magnetic appeal. Ages 8-up. Oct.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Renowned wildlife photographer Brandenburg spent a summer on Ellesmere Island recording a pack of Arctic wolves. He tries to dispel the myths surrounding this widely misunderstood animal through this full-color photo-essay and engaging text. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Orbis Pictus Award and many other awards.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
On assignment to photograph arctic wolves for National Geographic, Jim Brandenburg flew to Ellesmere Island in Canada's Northwest Territories, about 500 miles from the North Pole. The striking photographs and observations in To the Top of the World, his account of the trip, provide youngsters a glimpse of Canis lupus arctos during the springtime when life in the pack revolves around nurturing newborn pups. Mr. Brandenburg accompanied wildlife-biologist L. David Mech, who described their stay in the May 1987 National Geographic article "At Home with the Arctic Wolf." Send youngsters to the library to read the article for additional information about this relatively rare subspecies of grey wolf and to note the similarities and differences in the two perspectives and presentations.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A brief text and incredible full-color photographs tell the story of Brandenburg's Arctic summer excursion, during which he took pictures of a pack of wolves who seemed to accept his presence and allow him to approach them closely. On the day of his departure, the entire pack appeared at the airstrip to witness his leaving, as if to say good-bye. His artfully composed, crisp pictures capture the five-week old puppies' initial explorations outside their den, and their escapades with their baby-sitter, Scruffy, as well as howling practice. He offers intriguing examples of how the pecking order operates; in one dramatic episode, the wolves bring down a musk-ox. Through a series of well-chosen vignettes, the author shares plenty of information about the life cycle of animals, although this is not his main purpose. He clearly wants to communicate his awe for these wild creatures, and hopes to dispel any negative stereotypes that exist in readers' minds. His enthusiasm is evident in every well-chosen word. Laurence Pringle's Wolfman Scribners, 1983; o.p. concentrates on the work of one scientist in Minnesota; Scott Barry's The Kingdom of Wolves Putnam, 1979; o.p. is a more detailed exploration of the animals' habits. Both are accompanied by black-and-white photographs. Wolves HarperCollins, 1993 by Seymour Simon offers the basic overview report writers require but To the Top of the World is clearly the most captivating.- Ellen Fader, Oregon State Library, Salem
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A wildlife photographer shares his experiences during a summer with an Arctic wolf pack on a deserted island. Captivating pictures combine with an informal narrative to create a topnotch, firsthand view of a much-maligned animal. Dec. 1993
Stephanie Zvirin
Young children love to look at baby pictures, as do some older kids. And there are plenty of wonderful shots for them to feast on in this unusual photo album that combines great pictures with basic facts about infant development. In easily understandable language, Stein pinpoints some of the hallmarks of a child's first year of life--from first reflexes, such as smiling, squeezing, and sucking, to more advanced accomplishments crawling, walking that signal the beginning of independence. The excellent full-color photographs, including many fine close-ups, comfortably overlap on the page as though entries in a family album. Each is surrounded by a thin crayon rule, and a border stretching across the bottom of each double-page spread also in crayon colors pictures objects familiar in a nursery setting--stars, blocks, rattles, and numbers. The overall effect is charming, and the photos are guaranteed to make you smile. But there's more than sweetness here. This is a first-rate source of information that will help prepare children for a new baby in the house and clarify what's to be expected from a newborn who has already arrived.
Denia Hester
A truly compelling chronicle of a wildlife photographer's experience living close to an Arctic wolf pack. Author-photographer Brandenburg, known for his work for "National Geographic" as well as other magazines, and twice named magazine photographer of the year by the National Press Photographer's Association, feels "adopted" by the pack living on remote Ellesmere Island, where the wolves have probably not had previous contact with humans and, therefore, are not afraid of them. Brandenburg comes to know the pack members and their special characteristics as well as the necessary hierarchy that defines each member's place in the pack. Intimate photos of pups playing, adults engorging themselves on a fresh kill, and the pack having a howling songfest are just a few of the moments captured in astonishing color photographs. Brandenburg's respect and awe are apparent in every paragraph of text, and his gentle reminders of our misplaced fear of wolves are well taken. This suberb photo-essay will make it difficult to think of wolves in the same way again.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802782199
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.35 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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