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Children's LiteratureFor a comprehensive overview of wolves, this nonfiction book is a great choice. Readers will discover interesting facts including information linking the evolution dogs from wolves and the fact that wolves rarely attack humans. Another interesting fact is that, in addition to howling to communicate, wolves are thought to howl for their enjoyment. Included on almost every two-page spread are passages called, Did You Know? These passages highlight facts of interest to an elementary age student, for example, a large male wolf might eat up to 20 pounds of meat in just one meal. A helpful tool is the glossary in the back of the book that defines words set off by bold-faced font throughout the book. A feature that will delight readers is the use of "X-ray" pages showing complementary images such as skeletons when held up to the light. Specifically, these X-ray pages include a look inside the skull and torso of a wolf. Important facts not mentioned elsewhere in the book are detailed at the end of the book. To make the book even more user friendly, a table of contents, index and realistic drawings and photographs are included. This book is one of twelve books in the series, "Scary Creatures." 2004, Franklin Watts/Scholastic, Ages 7 to 11.
—Nancy T. Braverman