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Idaho Fish and Game Wildlife Express. Wild Wolves. Volume 19, Issue 9, May 2006. [Electronic version].

Bauer, Erwin A. Wild Dogs: The Wolves, Coyotes, Foxes of North America. 1994. Chronicle Books. San Francisco, CA.

All ages
ISBN: 0811806901

From Library Journal
Bauer and his wife, Peggy, are well-known wildlife photographers who have devoted their lives to photography and to writing on environmental subjects. In this delightful book, which combines over 130 outstanding full-color photographs with an instructive text, they pay tribute to the eight wild dog species native to North America. Wolves, coyotes, and foxes have been captured on film as they go about their daily rituals, pursuing prey, caring for their young, playing, or relaxing. Detailed captions explain each photo, and the accompanying text includes a chapter on each branch of the wild dog family. Filled with details that only the most patient animal lovers could have observed, this book will appeal to wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts everywhere. Highly recommended both for its artistic quality and its informative writing. Deborah Emerson, Monroe Community Coll. Lib., Rochester, Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Gibbons, Gail. George Guidall (Narrator) Wolves (Live Oak Readalong). Live Oak Media; Book & CD edition (May 2005)

Ages 4-8
ISBN: 1595191135

One might ask whether there is room for yet another book about wolves. Emphatically, yes--if it is by Gibbons. Using her effective format of large color drawings and a text packed with nuggets of information, the author explores the life of the gray wolf (or timber wolf). She discusses its habitat (which has been greatly decreased over the last several centuries), appearance, hunting, diet, communication systems, social order, reproduction, and relationships with humans. Readers learn that the alpha female is the sole mother in a pack, producing as many as 14 pups. The many kinds of sounds that come from wolves' mouths are not the only means of communication--the placement of their ears and the position of their tails say a lot as well. Lively color illustrations, a mixture of watercolors, pen-and-ink, and colored chalk, follow the wolves on their northern trails throughout the year. This excellent resource for primary-grade students has additional wolf facts, myths, and legends appended. Deborah Abbott --

Gunzi, Christiane. Mike Rowe (Illustrator).The Best Book of Wolves and Wild Dogs (Best Books of) Kingfisher; 1st ed edition (April 25, 2003)

Ages 4-8
ISBN: 0753455749

In this eye-pleasing title, many bright and colorful, captioned illustrations leave room for a brief paragraph of simple text on a variety of two-page topics. From behaviors ("Meeting and greeting," "Finding food") to species ("African hunting dogs," "Mountain dogs"), the book provides snippets of information that may satisfy some readers and pique the curiosity of others. The glossary defines some possibly unfamiliar terms, and the index provides easy access to information (though a number of citations lead only to an illustration). Attractive, approachable (the large font and wide spacing will encourage reluctant readers), and informative to a modest degree, this book is best suited for browsing, though it would certainly serve to plump up a slender bibliography.
Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Hodge, Deborah. Pat Stephens (Illustrator) Wild Dogs : Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes (Kids Can Press Wildlife Series). Kids Can Press, Ltd. (July 7, 1998)

Ages 4-8
ISBN: 1550744208

From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4Basic facts, large print, and easy-to-read texts make these titles appealing. Double-page spreads are devoted to such topics as food, homes, bodies, defense, and the animals' interactions with people. Full-color naturalistic drawings are detailed and appropriately placed. Cutaway diagrams illustrate special anatomical features. In addition, an interesting trivia box appears in the upper right-hand corner of each spread. The material is well organized and generally accurate, with the exception of an inaccurate statement in Wild Dogs. A picture caption reads: "African hunting dog (or hyena)." Hyenas fall into a different family, Hyaenidae, which are more closely related to cats than to dogs. Nevertheless, these books will provide clear, accessible information for young report writers.?Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Lawrence, R.D. Wolves (Sierra Club Wildlife Library). Sierra Club Juveniles. (September 1994)

Ages: 9-12
ISBN: 0316516775

From School Library Journal
Simon dispels the traditionally negative images of the wolf in this photo essay. Through the appealing full-color photographs and succinct, conversational text, these dynamic, affectionate, and highly intelligent animals are shown to possess many positive traits, such as loyalty, cooperation, and adaptability. A broad range of information is touched upon lightly, including physical characteristics, habitat, hunting and diet, breeding and raising pups, and some unique facts about pack hierarchy and howling. An introduction uses imagery to conjure up the spirit of the wolf; the conclusion touches on the animal's past and questionable future. An attractive and simple introduction, but Candace Savage's Wolves (Sierra, 1989) has more to offer.
Susan Oliver, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Mech, L. David. The Wolf: The Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species. University of Minnesota Press; 1st Univer edition (April 1981)

ISBN: 0816610266

Years of research during the 1960s in Michigan's Isle Royale National Park provided Mech with a level of firsthand knowledge shared by few in the field. In 1970 he compiled his findings (updated in 1980) into the preeminent document of its kind. Thomas McNamee, author of The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone, calls the book the "best single source of information on wolf biology," and refers to its author as "the undisputed king of wolf research." When government officials in the early 1990s decided to embark on an ambitious project to reintroduce wolves into their former range of Yellowstone National Park, they called on Mech's expertise. All this is to say that, if you want to learn about wolves, you cannot ignore this seminal work or its author. Chapters cover wolf evolution, range, and physiology; society and pack behavior; reproduction; hunting and predator-prey relationships; and the species' uncertain future. Like any self-respecting scientist, Mech includes all the hard data, but he presents his work in an engaging manner that is accessible to a broader audience, drawing heavily on anecdotes and personal experience.

Otto, Carolyn B. Scholastic Science Readers: Wolves (level 2) (Scholastic Science Readers) Scholastic Reference (August 1, 2001)

Ages 4-8
ISBN: 043929584X

WOLVES is the perfect introduction to these strong, beautiful animals. Kids will learn dozens of facts about wolves, how they hunt, travel in packs, communicate, and care for their pups. Readers will learn how wolves were once seriously endangered in the wild but are slowly reappearing thanks to new laws and programs like the Yellowstone reintroduction.

Simon, Seymour. Wolves. Harper Trophy (May 30, 1995)

Ages 4-8
ISBN: 0064461769

Simon dispels the traditionally negative images of the wolf in this...attractive and simple introduction

Smith, Douglas W., Gary Ferguson. Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone. The Lyons Press (April 1, 2005)

ISBN: 159228700X

From Booklist
*Starred Review* In 1995, after an absence of 70 years, wolves were returned to Yellowstone National Park. Trappers captured 14 wolves from three packs in Canada and transported them to acclimation pens in the remote north of the park, from which they were released 10 weeks later. Seventeen more from four packs followed the next year, and it is from this 31-animal nucleus that the current 170 wolves in the park descend. Smith has worked with the Yellowstone Wolf Project since its inception and has studied wolves for more than 25 years. With the help of nature writer Ferguson, he has produced a marvelously intimate look at the ups and downs of wolf reintroduction. From problems with their release (the wolves initially would not leave the acclimation pens) to the only wolf that escaped before the official release (he hung by his teeth until he could scramble over the chain-link wall), Smith was in the thick of it all. Well illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs, this intimate history of the return of the top predator to Yellowstone will find an eager audience. Nancy Bent. Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved.

Wexo, John Bonnett. Wolves (Zoobooks Series) Wildlife Education, Ltd. (June 1998)

Ages 4-11
ISBN: 0937934208

Wolves have varied reputations-as cowardly thieves, as loyal packmates, as fairy tale villains. See what real characteristics these survivors have in common with the domestic dog-and what traits are uniquely their own. Zoobooks, the 59-book animal series - the "everything you wanted to know but didn't know who to ask" guide to the world's most fascinating creatures. Each exciting edition of Zoobooks is packed with current scientific facts, striking photography, beautiful illustrations and unique activities that teach children about animals and the habitats in which they live. With innovative publications and products, Wildlife Education, Ltd.

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