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The call of the wolves /

A young arctic wolf has a harrowing adventure trying to find his way back to the pack after being separated from them during a caribouhunt. Also includes a chapter with general information about wolves. Full description

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Other Authors: Weatherby, Mark Alan,
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Scholastic Inc., 1989
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A young arctic wolf has a harrowing adventure trying to find his way back to the pack after being separated from them during a caribou hunt. Also includes a chapter with general information about wolves.


Review by Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5, younger for reading aloud. During the arctic winter a young wolf and his hungry pack stalk a herd of caribou. Unexpectedly, an airplane filled with hunters breaks up the herd, and the noise from the shots causes panic among the animals. The frantic young wolf, caught in the confusion, bolts, realizing too late his only choice is to leap over a cliff. A rough landing results in an injured leg, but the wolf's survival instinct helps him plow through a blizzard. He narrowly escapes a neighboring wolf pack, whose territory he has invaded while trying to find his mates. The dramatic, full-color paintings of snowy scenes, bathed in blues, whites, and grays, will draw readers into the arduousness and terror of the journey. The wolves, with strong, graceful bodies, heavily textured fur, and dazzling silver-blue eyes, add to the audience's respect for and fascination with this species. The taut story line, compelling illustrations, and recently renewed interest in wolves make this fictionalized account valuable. A short history of wolves and bibliography included. --Deborah Abbott

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Review by School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-- With the threat of snow in the air, a wolf pack follows a herd of caribou to its winter feeding ground. The promise of the hunt is interrupted by the sudden arrival by air of illegal hunters (whether for wolf or caribou is unclear). In the confusion that follows, a young wolf is cut off from his pack, hurts his leg, but escapes. His subsequent journey takes him through dangerous territory as he meets a strange wolf pack, tangles with sled dogs, and finally reunites with his own pack. The exquisite ice-blue pages portray the majestic arctic wilderness in a wintry, snowy, half-light. Weatherby's animals spring to life, and he adeptly captures the movement, the stillness, the danger, and the calm of the text. Like Yoshida's Young Lions (Philomel, 1989) , this should help generate appreciation for animals in the wild, and is also concerned with issues of separation and connection. An afterword provides additional information about wolves. --Leda Schubert, Vermont Department of Education, Montpelier (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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