The Wolves Are Back

March 25th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Books


Author Jean Craighead George and artist Wendell Minor have teamed up to bring us the beautifully illustrated tale in The Wolves Are Back.  Using the story of a male wolf and his pup to trace the re-introduction of wolves in Yellowstone, they also have provided a chance to explore the backstory of their eradication and discuss the role of this apex carnivore in balancing the ecosystem.

This book has much to recommend it: it is filled with interesting facts about Yellowstone and the creatures that live there, told in a child-friendly but unsentimental way.  Parents should know that there is straightforward mention of carnivores’ elk and bison kills as well as a brief discussion of the wolf hunts that killed off the animals.  I love the way the author has woven in the return of other plants and animals to the area to highlight the interrelated nature of the ecosystem.  A wonderful read for ages 4 and up.

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