We are always amazed at how much we learn from children's non-fiction books. This one is an educational and excellent portrayal of the value of wolves in maintaining a healthy wildlife and ecosystem.
Title: The Wolves Return: A New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park by Celia Godkin
Published: March 23, 2017
Published by: Pajama Press
For ages 6-9
Content rating: G
In 1995–96 twenty-three grey wolves were released in Yellowstone National Park where, due to over-hunting, there had been no wolves at all for almost seventy years. This reintroduction project was an overwhelming success. Over twenty years later we can still see the changes the grey wolves brought to Yellowstone National Park. Now that the elk graze higher ground, seedlings are growing tall, rivers are getting deeper as beavers return, and a lively pond ecosystem is developing. This true story offers an important lesson about the difference one creature can make in creating a healthy, thriving world.
Reviewed by Sandra Olshaski
Who couldn't love this book about the value of wolves? From the pencil crayon and watercolour illustrations to the beautiful text, it's an amazing book for both adults and children. It highlights how very important are all creatures and how one animal alone contributes to a thriving natural world.
This is an educational tool, both for teaching children geography, as Yellowstone National Park is featured, but as well, enabling them to learn the names of birds, animals, fish, and flies, as illustrated on the inside covers, front and back. I learned that the re-introduction of wolves into Yellowstone has resulted in the elk grazing on higher ground to escape the wolves, which has resulted in tree seedlings in the valley to grow tall, which has allowed the beavers to use the trees to build dams, which has resulted in the establishment of thriving wetlands.
The colourful illustrations will certainly appeal to children, especially those who are already animal lovers. I appreciate the information pages regarding the history of wolves in North America. I can't say enough about this beautiful book that contains such important life lessons. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed by Laura Fabiani and Son
Disclaimer: Thanks to the publisher for sending us this book for review. We were not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.
Celia Godkin’s career has included work in biology, scientific illustration, and teaching adult art classes at both the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Toronto, where achieved the rank of Associate Professor and received two teaching awards. As an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, she is best known for debut book, Wolf Island, which won the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award. Celia has continued to write and illustrate children’s books with environmental themes including Fire! which was shortlisted for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non- Fiction. Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World was nominated for the Green Earth Book Award, the Rainforest of Reading Award, and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award. Born in England, Celia lives in Eastern Ontario.