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Author: Janni Howker

Illustrator: Sarah Fox-Davies

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: paperback

Summary: The text follows a mother wolf who, along with her pack, goes hunting in the wild. The accompanying CD includes more facts on the animals and a read-along portion. Embedded in the text are short blurbs with interesting facts about wolves, such as why they hunt in packs and why they sometimes hunt singly. This nonfiction picture book introduces readers to wolves and their habitat.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 12

Interest Level: 5 to 8

Reading Level: 3.3

Age of Child: Read with 6-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My reader liked the book, but enjoyed the CD even more.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the entire package and the fact the author doesn't sugar-coat the story about how wolves find their food.

Pros: This nonfiction title offers nice illustrations, and plenty of accurate information about wolves. Th CD is good and adds to the book's interest for kids.

Cons: Although not graphic the "take down" of the moose might still be a bit much for a young, immature child.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. You definitely want to purchase this book because of the read-along CD.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MY LITTLE BOOK OF TIMBER WOLVES   WHEN THE WOLVES RETURNED: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone   AMAZING DOLPHINS (I Can Read! Series)

Educational Themes: Readers and listeners can expand their understanding of wolves, life in the wild, and animal habitats.

Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online are at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.

Literary Categories: Nonficton - nature, animals, picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: January 2009

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