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Wolf vs. Elk

Wolf vs. Elk

by Mary Meinking

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This book shows readers the battle that occurs when a wolf tries to eat an elk.


This book shows readers the battle that occurs when a wolf tries to eat an elk.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 2–3—Opening with attention-grabbing drama—"Teeth pierce! Tails splash!" (Dolphin), "Claws rip! Horns stab!" (Lion)—and using words like "challenger," "battle," and "winner," each of these short texts presents a blow-by-blow encounter between a predator or group of predators and their common prey. Surprisingly (but realistically), the prey escapes (or in the case of Tarantula, successfully defends a clutch of nestlings) in five of the eight titles. Dolphin includes a simplistic claim that "A dolphin will help an injured person in the sea," but in general the information is accurate. In Crocodile, Owl, Shark, Tarantula, and Wolf, close-up scenes of feasting predators may disturb more sensitive young viewers (in the volumes on the other creatures, predator and prey are seen in different pictures), but for the most part the photos are more exciting than disturbing.
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Gray wolves and elk live in the western mountains of North America. Wolves hunting in packs circle a herd of elk as they are grazing. A lookout elk sounds the alarm and the animals begin running. The wolves spot a target that is old, young, ill, or hurt. Wolves do not have a chance against a healthy elk with its hard hooves and sharp antlers. In the example given, the wolves chase their victim until it finds refuge in a river. When a wolf approaches the elk, it lowers its antlers. As the wolf gets closer, the elk kicks it. The wolves leave without eating. Wolves only catch prey about once in every five tries, but they can eat up to twenty pounds of meat at a time and go for a week without eating. Most of the full-color illustrations show wolves and elk in their natural habitats. The cover photo and some inside photos show wolves with bared teeth. One shows blood around the mouth, but most of the photos are not scary. Additional facts are included in "Did you know?" insets throughout. The large-print text is easy-to-read. Includes a table of contents, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. An appropriate book for young children to use as a source for information and research. "Predator vs. Prey" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.

Product Details

Raintree Publishers
Publication date:
Predator vs. Prey Series
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Meinking grew up in Iowa and went on to graduate from the University of Kansas, where she met her husband-to-be, Scott. They married and had two children, Brittany and Benjamin. She works as a graphic designer during the day but writes for children at night. Her non-fiction articles were published in a dozen different children’s magazines. Mary’s written over two dozen nonfiction books about arts and crafts, extreme jobs, animals, pop stars and history. When not working, writing or hanging out with her family, Mary enjoys doing arts and crafts, baking, gardening and traveling. To learn more about Mary visit her web site: www.MaryMeinking.com

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