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Publisher: A Jade Production by Grace Enterprises, ´┐½2005
Material: hard cover
Summary: Eric and his dad are camping on Isle Royale. While Eric's dad fishes, Eric decides to hike through the woods. He wasn't on the trail very long before he met a wolf. Luckily, he had the enchanted leaf in his pocket, so he could talk with the animals. During the rest of the hike, Eric learned about wolves' habitat. This is the second title in the picture book series that gives you an animal's eye view of nature.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 4 to 8
Age of Child: Started reading with 6-year-old girl. Also read by Menchville High School students as part of our Use Your ABCs program.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child liked this story, especially the talking wolf. Her questions resembled Eric's and kept her engaged in the story. The Menchville students found the book not only entertaining but informative, too.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a nice change from the usual animal story. Eric's question at the end about humans being predators, too, is an excellent way to "close the loop" on how we judge animals. Although our daughter wasn't interested in listening to the story in Spanish, we found the text easy to read aloud ... perfect for those of us who speak some Spanish.
Pros: This is a fantasy story that offers excellent factual information about wolves, their habits, and their habitat.
Cons: Given the amount of descriptive information provided about wolves and their habits, it would have been nice to have a 'fact sheet' or a list of other resources in the back to encourage kids to explore some more.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a worthwhile read. The fantasy element is secondary to Eric's learning, so it will likely be read just a few times. It is not one kids will likely come back to as a lifetime favorite.
Educational Themes: The book offers information basic about wolves in a conversational style. The concepts of predators and prey are made evident on several levels (animals hunt wolves, wolves hunt animals, humans hunt, too). This is a book that you could use as a "first stop" in discussions about various animals and their habitats.
Notes: Winner North Texas Book Festival Book Award, 2007
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, adventure, animal stories, series book, Spanish, foreign language, bilingual book
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2007, February 2009
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