Walk with a Wolf (Read, Listen, and Wonder Series)

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Introducing READ, LISTEN, & WONDER!

Each paperback title in the series ncludes a CD that features:
* an engaging read-aloud with sound effects
* a read-along opportunity guided by prompts
* a segment focusing on fascinating facts

Walk with a wolf . . . as she hunts alone, howls to her pack, and greets her cubs and mate. Hunt with the ...

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Overview

Introducing READ, LISTEN, & WONDER!

Each paperback title in the series ncludes a CD that features:
* an engaging read-aloud with sound effects
* a read-along opportunity guided by prompts
* a segment focusing on fascinating facts

Walk with a wolf . . . as she hunts alone, howls to her pack, and greets her cubs and mate. Hunt with the pack as it follows the scent of a bull moose, crouching and charging. Learn all about these lords of the far north, who have been hunted by man nearly to extinction. With evocative watercolors by Sarah Fox-Davies, Walk with a Wolf is as full of beauty and drama as it is of facts about this mysterious and often maligned creature.

This vibrant book-and-CD series brings the best of our Read and Wonder nature stories to life.

After a lone hungry wolf finds companions whose combined strength drags down an old moose, the entire pack sleeps through a blizzard and dreams of the return of spring.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This poetic picture book takes readers into the snowy Yukon Territory, where wolves roam (as they once did throughout the Northern Hemisphere). "Walk with a wolf in the cold air before sunrise./ She moves, quiet as mist,/ between spruce trees and birches." Howker's spare words capture the spartan season in which food is scarce and the landscape barren. Yet, here and there, the narrative blossoms with lovely metaphor and stings with harsh realism: the sky is alive with "a million gray ice moths"; when the pack attacks a moose, "drops of his blood fall like berries to the ground." Unobtrusive explanatory notes follow the curves of the illustrations in italicsembellishing spacious white backgrounds with the subtlest shades of gray tints and tan washes. The effect may appear bland to some readers, but elegant to others. Author and artist offer readers a rare and intimate glimpse of a wolf's wintry world. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Descriptively beautiful language evocatively takes the reader to the Far North to run, howl, hunt, sleep, and dream with a she-wolf. Unsuccessful in her search for food, the she-wolf rejoins her mate and pack, and together, they skillfully track and kill a moose, large enough to feed them all. Information about wolf behavior, feeding habits, and relationships to other canines is woven into the text and expanded in italicized text on the bottom of some pages. An index is included. Fox-Davies' watercolor and pencil drawings beautifully illustrate both the beast and the environment. Sound effects and Marriott's expressive reading movingly convey the mood of the text, building to the tension and excitement of the hunt, then fading toward quietness and sleep. The CD in this "Read Listen & Wonder" entry includes a section with facts about wolves as well as two tracks of audio for the story, with and without prompts for page-turns. Children will be enthralled as they listen and learn from this beautiful book. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
The evocative language and impressive watercolor illustrations in this book draw the reader into the environment of the wolf as she "moves, quiet as mist" sliding between boulders and trotting over pebbles to get to the lake. She plunges through slushy ice to lap the water, then splashes out of the lake and shakes herself like a dog. From deep within her comes an eerie howl. She waits for a responding howl and then runs to join the pack. Along with her mate and four cubs, she sets off to hunt. The pack stalks and then attacks an old bull moose. After satisfying her hunger and watching her cubs eat, the wolf curls up to sleep while a bitter cold wind blows the snowflakes about. She dreams of a sunlit spring day when she will walk with her cubs to the lake to greet the returning wild geese. Explanatory text supplying factual information appears in italics throughout the book, allowing the poetic narrative to flow seamlessly.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Janni Howker's informative text (Candlewick, 1998) introduces the lives of wolves. The engaging story follows a female wolf and her pack through an entire day in the Yukon territory-roaming, hunting, and sleeping through a blizzard. The accompanying paperback book features soft watercolor illustrations by Sarah Fox-Davies. The CD's three tracks give youngsters the opportunity to listen to the story, listen to additional factual information about wolves, or read along (with page-turn signals). Narrator Alan Marriott reads the poetic story with expression without being overly dramatic. The story track features the sound effects of wolves howling and Native American music. A good choice for units on endangered species, wildlife, or nature. For report material, students will have to turn to more detailed texts, such as Sandra Markle's Wolves (Lerner, 2004) and Daniel A. Greenberg's Wolves (Benchmark, 2003).-Cynthia Grabke, Halifax Elementary School, MA

School Library Journal
K-Gr 3"Walk with a wolf" in this handsome pictorial nature story as she joins her family pack. Children follow along as the members of the group stalk an old, lame bull moose and sleep through a Yukon blizzard (with the female dreaming of spring and new pups). Interspersed with the simply written story (set in a large font with ample spacing) are italicized snippets of factual information on lupine behavior. Readers may also derive pleasure from using the brief index to pinpoint areas of interest. The extremely attractive watercolors are realistic and eye-catching, and the illustrator has scrupulously avoided gory depictions (though the text mentions "Drops of his blood...like berries"), leaving to readers' imaginations the grosser aspects of obtaining fresh meat. The slight anthropomorphism of lupine dreams does not detract from the visual beauty of the book, nor from its informative qualities, and it should find an audience among younger readers and listeners who enjoy exploring the natural world. Pair it with Jean Craighead George's attractive Look to the North (HarperCollins, 1997) for an excellent picture of these dramatic predators.Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763638757
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/2008
  • Series: Read, Listen, and Wonder Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 643,903
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.54 (w) x 10.61 (h) x 0.22 (d)

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