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Why does the entire wolf pack help to raise the young of its strongest male and female? What kinds of toys do wolf cubs play with? How do mother wolves carry their cubs in their mouths without hurting them?

Sandra Markle answers these questions and more as she invites readers into the world of gray wolf cubs growing up in the wild. Her clear, accessible text and the striking color photographs capture the cubs as they explore, play, hunt, and ...

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Why does the entire wolf pack help to raise the young of its strongest male and female? What kinds of toys do wolf cubs play with? How do mother wolves carry their cubs in their mouths without hurting them?

Sandra Markle answers these questions and more as she invites readers into the world of gray wolf cubs growing up in the wild. Her clear, accessible text and the striking color photographs capture the cubs as they explore, play, hunt, and learn the rules of their new world.

An introduction to the lives of wolves that focuses on how they hunt and how they raise their cubs.

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Follow a litter of wolf cubs from birth through their first year as beautiful photographs reveal a wolf pack caring for their youngest members. Very nice, a must have for wolf enthusiasts of all ages! 2001, Atheneum, $16.00. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: S. Kleven SOURCE: Parent Council Volume 8
Children's Literature
Wolves are fascinating animals, mysterious creatures of both our ecology and our mythology. Although this picture book by award-winning New Zealand author Markle looks remarkably similar to Seymour Simon's Wolves (HarperCollins, 1993) in size, shape, format, and quality of the lush color photographs (some even from the same sources), Markle's Wolves is longer and focuses on the predator role of these fierce hunters. The text, admirably extended by detailed full-page photos, takes the reader along on a wolf pack's hunt for moose, stressing the instincts, organization, and teamwork of the animals as they follow the alpha male in search of prey. When their efforts are rewarded, teamwork is forgotten as the alpha male and female claim their leaders' share of the feast. Also pictured are wolves tracking other prey like rabbits, deer, and the giant musk ox of the far north, while another set of pages shows newborn wolves feeding, growing, and eventually learning to hunt with the pack. Although various subspecies and the place of wolves in our ecology are not discussed in this volume of the "Animal Predator" series, a well-chosen bibliography lists other books and videos; a useful section called "Looking Back" helps readers to focus on some significant details and poses a question to discuss after reading. Middle readers and younger naturalists, too, will surely be intrigued by this close-up look at lupine predators in all their intelligence, power, and beauty. 2004, Carolrhoda, Ages 8 to 12.
—Barbara L. Talcroft
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Gr 5-7-A visually dazzling trio in a new series. Dramatic, large-scale color photos perfectly complement the lucid, informative text in each book as it follows the lifestyle and life cycle of the Nile crocodile, an African savanna lion pride, and a gray wolf pack in far North America. Facts on communication, habitat, diet, hunting methods, birth, juvenile development, and social behaviors are included. Each title contains some questions and comments that might be useful to teachers, and lists of excellent books and videos for further consultation. While similar in scope to Seymour Simon's excellent Wolves (HarperTrophy, 1995), Angelika Hofer's attractive The Lion Family Book (S & S, 1991), and Mark Deeble's eye-catching The Crocodile Family Book (Sagebrush, 2000), these handsome titles should still be awarded space on your shelves.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780439405140
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.

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