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WHEN THE WOLVES RETURNED: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone

Author: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Illustrator: Dan and Cassie Hartmann

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Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: After being hunted to extinction in Yellowstone, the wolves eventually returned to this national park. This book covers all the bases: why the wolves were killed, what happened to the natural environment, and why it was so important that they return to the park. This is a non-fiction story of how the wolves returned to Yellowstone National Park.

Type of Reading: independent reading

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 11 and Up

Interest Level: 9 and Up

Reading Level: 6

Age of Child: Read by a fifth-grade boy.

Young Reader Reaction: My niece's son found this book very helpful in doing a report for school.

Adult Reader Reaction: This cover all the bases - why the wolves were killed, what happened to the natural environment, and why it was so important that they return to the park.

Pros: The book has excellent color photographs and information.

Cons: a few more hard facts would have made the book even better.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This isn't the kind of book a youngster will read over and over again, BUT it would be very helpful for a school project.

If You Liked This Book, Try: CRAFTY INVENTIONS: GREAT INVENTORS   THE INSECT BOOK; A Basic Guide to the Collection and Care of Common Insects for Young Children   ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WORLD GEOGRAPHY with Complete World Atlas (Usborne Internet-Linked Books)

Educational Themes: This is a book about wildlife, wolves, the importance of the balance of nature, and Yellowstone National Park. You can use this book to further expand your research in any of these areas.

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: Nonfiction - animals, national parks, science, nature, picture book, middle grade

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2008

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