The Wolves Are Back

The Wolves Are Back

by Jean Craighead George


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Two renowned children’s book creators teamed up to make this stirring picture book that tells the story of how, over a century, wolves were persecuted in the United States and nearly became extinct. Gradually reintroduced, they are thriving again in the West, much to the benefit of the ecosystem. This book will teach a new generation to appreciate the grace, dignity, and value of wolves as it promotes awareness of the environment’s delicate balance. Paired with gorgeous paintings by landscape artist Wendell Minor, Jean Craighead George’s engaging text will inspire people of all ages to care about the protection of endangered species.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525479475
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/17/2008
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 252,884
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jean Craighead George was the preeminent nature writer for children. She is the author of My Side of the Mountain and Julie of the Wolves, and her work spanned 50 years. She died in May 2012 at age 93. 

After completing his studies at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, Wendell Minor began creating original designs for book publishers in New York City. He has created jacket illustrations for more than 2000 books, and has illustrated dozens of books for children, including America The Beautiful and Yankee Doodle America. He lives in Connecticut.

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The Wolves Are Back 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Louisie More than 1 year ago
An amazingly beautiful book about the wisdom of nature and what happens when it becomes unbalanced.  when the wolves are reintroduced into Yellowstone park, a chain reaction takes place among all life there that benefits them.  it is an interesting story that is very educational.  I would like to add that the illustrations are beautiful.
PatsyAdams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Grade Level: K+Genre: Non-Fiction, InformationalThemes: The circle of lifeJean Craighead George tells what happened to the wilderness as the wolves were killed in the early 1900's. This story is written so younger students can understand it. It tells how other animals & plants were affected by the demise of the wolves.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Famed author Jean Craighead George, (My Side of the Mountain, Julie of the Wolves, and more) has written the story of the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park. The Wolves are Back flows like a storybook,"The wolf pup with his father ate until his stomach was round and then followed his father back to their den. They walked through gardens of wildflowers. The wolves had scared the mountain sheep that chew the flowers to the ground up into the rocky cliffs."The story follows the life of a pup and highlights the necessity of wolves to the complex ecosystem of Yellowstone Park. Wild wolves thin the coyote herds, provide meat for the bears, keep elk from destroying the grasslands, etc. Each of these actions benefits the wilderness, 'like pieces of a kaleidoscope...tumbling into place.""Beavers built ponds. Birds sang. Flowers bloomed. The wilderness is in balance again. The wolves are back."Paintings by landscape artist, Wendell Minor, showcase the graceful beauty of the the park and its inhabitants. Painted in both the brilliant and the soft colors of nature's flora and fauna, his illustrations impart serenity to the story, depicting the animals naturally, yet gently. Many are double spreads with minimal text.Jean Craighead George continues her commitment to our wild places with this beautiful picture book.
nancyjensen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the most recent of Jean Craighead George's wolf books. But it's the first one I read of her collection. This picture book tells the story of wolves being reintroduced back into Yellowstone Park in Wyoming after years of being away. I learned a lot of true facts about wolves and the delicate balance of nature that needs to be maintained. Jean Craighead George makes nature stories easy to read. I would use this book with first graders, maybe with the Pre K students, too. This would be good, live information to counter the fairy tale and folk tale wolf stories that the students have already heard.
CA4thgradeteacher More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for understanding food chains and carrying capacity of lands. My 4th grader class discussions based on this book were intelligent and showed great understanding how removing a top predator in an ecosystem impacts all parts of the ecosystem. Pictures are great, and not too graphic for sensitive kids. The ideas kids understood from this book were easily transferred over to where we live in CA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a wolf lover and teacher. I loved this book and shared it with my students that have disabilities!!!