Wolf, the Woman, the Wilderness: A True Story of Returning Home

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This is at once a heartfelt reflection and an exciting adventure tale, well told and with a happy ending. The author tells her fascinating true story of returning a wolf to the wilderness and, in the process, discovering her own roots. Promotion in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Society.
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Overview

This is at once a heartfelt reflection and an exciting adventure tale, well told and with a happy ending. The author tells her fascinating true story of returning a wolf to the wilderness and, in the process, discovering her own roots. Promotion in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States and the American Humane Society.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Beth Karpas
Martino has recorded all of her thoughts and musings of a year in this slim memoir. During that year, she raised a wolf puppy, McKenzie, and then released her into the wilderness. Martino writes of her feelings as she learns to understand the world around her, seeking the understanding she feels her Native American ancestors possessed and which she is sure McKenzie possesses. The year seems slow, but the book is not about the passage of time; it is a coming-of-age biography for someone already well of age. This is not a book that many teenagers will pick up on their own, but there are so many themes-of nature, freedom, history, and life-that it would be a wonderful title to teach in an honors English class. It is short enough that most students will plow through it, if only to see what happens to McKenzie. The writing (in both prose and poetry) is lyrical, with pauses where you can almost see the author's pen poised above the paper, waiting. If you have thoughtful, nature-oriented readers in your school or library, buy the book for them. If you do not, give a copy to an English teacher. Illus. Photos. VOYA Codes: 5Q 2P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Library Journal
In a work reminiscent of Joy Adamson's Born Free, poet and short story writer Martinopart Osage and part Scotch-Irishwrites about raising a gray wolf and returning it to the wilderness. She reflects thoughtfully on humans living with wild animals: "The idea of forever is guarded not by hard walls but by a thin film that, when it pops, you will spill out and mix with eternity." In her attempt to share her thoughts on freedom, she describes her feeling about fences, how science fails humans, and being Native American. She also explores the ways in which human beings deal with wild animals and nature. What matters to her are such basic values as loyalty, wildness, and the philosophy of not "bearing" arms. "Why do we fear wildness?" she asks. "Is it because it takes away our dominion over all? I must die of something and I prefer a few seconds of terror to a slow death of spirit." This is an affecting narrative; for appropriate collections.Vicki L. Toy Smith, Univ. of Nevada, Reno
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780939165292
  • Publisher: NewSage Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Mother Wolf's Dream 13
Ch. 2 Pulling Down the Sky 25
Ch. 3 Living with Coyote 35
Ch. 4 Sister Wolf 47
Ch. 5 Dreams of Wolves 59
Ch. 6 The Give-Away 71
Ch. 7 She Calls My Secret Name 83
Ch. 8 Hungry Water 93
Ch. 9 Invisible 105
Ch. 10 The Guide and the Guardian 121
Ch. 11 Daughters of the Wild 137
Epilogue 149
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2000

    From the Heart

    T is one of the most spiritual and emotional writers I have been so fortunate to read. She opens her life to the reader and lets us all in to her world. She has sacraficed monatary for true love of the wolf. You can't help feel the emotions yourself when T releases her beloved wolf that she raised but knew it was the right thing to do. The episodes that lead up to the release is a roller coaster of emotions. If you have the love of the wolf in you then this book is a must. All her books are a must read. Keep up the good work. Anuyi

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