Wolves & Their Relatives

Wolves & Their Relatives

by Erik Stoops, Dagmar Fertl
     
 
Look into a wolf's mouth, and see teeth that are perfectly shaped to kill their prey and then tear off chunks of meat. Watch the dominance-and-submission rituals that wolves go through to keep the peace in a pack. See them deep inside their den. Find out exactly how acute their hearing is, how sharp their eyesight can be, and how quickly they run. Get closer to wolves

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Look into a wolf's mouth, and see teeth that are perfectly shaped to kill their prey and then tear off chunks of meat. Watch the dominance-and-submission rituals that wolves go through to keep the peace in a pack. See them deep inside their den. Find out exactly how acute their hearing is, how sharp their eyesight can be, and how quickly they run. Get closer to wolves, learn more about their amazing habits, and gain deeper respect for their survival techniques with this photo-filled question-and-answer guide all about wolves, foxes, coyotes, and other members of the family, including the raccoon dog, the dingo, and the tiny Japanese Shamanu. Discover the wolf's evolution from small, insect-eating mammals called Miacidae, which lived during the time of the dinosaurs, and how they spread throughout the globe, from the hottest deserts to the coldest Arctic lands. Follow their life course from birth to death, their eating, sleeping, mating, and fighting habits. And most important of all, see what you can do to make sure future generations will be able to coexist with this remarkable creature of the wild. 80 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 8 1/2.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Despite its question-and-answer format and excellent-quality full-color photos, this book may confound more than clarify readers' knowledge about these animals. The main problem is that the focus is muddy. The title refers to wolves and their relatives, but chapter headings refer to wolves alone. References to related animals when they do appear are often confusing. "How Wolves Live" shows a photograph of a group of African wild dogs, although they are not identified as such. What the caption does tell us is that "Pack life is important to the survival of adults and pups alike," which seemingly contradicts an earlier caption stating that "Maned wolves live in pairs, not in groups." Wording throughout is unclear. Sentences such as "The reason African wild dogs and hyenas look familiar is because they live in open areas" just don't make sense. A highlighted insert toward the end shows how wolves are classified, but all in all the lines are blurred and one does not come away with a clear sense of what makes a wolf a wolf, let alone how other members of the dog family are related.Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780806917917
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
12/31/1998
Edition description:
1 PBK ED
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.49(w) x 8.47(h) x 0.26(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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