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Summary: This is a story about a pack of timber wolves who travel 200 miles in the northern Ontario wilderness tracking down their favorite prey, the woodland caribou. A harsh winter and scarce food supply made their annual trek extremely difficult. This is a novel written in poetry format and filled with factual information about wolves.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, reluctant reader, remedial reader, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up
Adult Reader Reaction: Paul Brown tells great stories, especially animal stories. This offering, Wolf Pack of the Winisk River, is a remarkable animal story. The book is superbly illustrated by native artist, Robert Kakegamic. I would give this a "10."
Pros: This story is riveting and clearly describes the impact that degradation of habitat and environment are having on the wilderness everywhere.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is an exceptional story about wolves, habitat, and environment. It is well- written, informative, and worthwhile. Once the cover is opened, the pages will hold the reader’s attention to the end.
Educational Themes: This is, first and foremost, a story about a pack of Gray Wolves who are making their annual 200 mile trek to find their favorite prey, Woodland Caribou. There is a second story, almost subliminal, that focuses on the global struggle of dealing with environment, habitat, and wild-life. The author has interwoven the two themes and helps the reader appreciate the complexity of the problem and the seriousness of the issues.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub, Inc. This is an unsolicited donation.
Literary Categories: Fiction - animals, nature, novel in verse, young adult, middle grade, poetry