by Seymour Simon

Hardcover, 2009



Local notes

599.74 Sim




(2009), Edition: Reprint, 32 pages


Text and photographs present the physical characteristics, habits, and natural environment of various species of wolves.


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Physical description

32 p.; 9.9 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member t1bclasslibrary
This book features large, flashy photographs across from rather long pages of detailed information. We learn about different species of wolves, how wolves live and play together, and about how wolves have gotten a bad rap. The question at the end is: should the wolves be reintroduced into
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Yellowstone? (Obviously they have at this point.) The author doesn't say yes, but has certainly stood up for wolves.
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LibraryThing member NancyStorm
Beautiful photos with excellent facts including a brief history and current populations located throughout N. America. Nice coffee table book.
LibraryThing member amycampbell
Seymour Simon does a great job giving the facts about wolves, so people will rethink their preconceived notions about them. He explains the hierarchy, what they eat and how they get their food, the life cycle and various species. Seymour Simon allows us to see the positive side of wolves... their
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loyalty. The photographs are wonderful.
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LibraryThing member n.oyaizu
1. Main character

2. Write the summary of the book.

In many ways, wolves are like dogs and lions; yet wolves have a bad reputation, unlike dogs and lions. Dogs are our "best friends," but all the dogs in the world are descended from wolves that were descended more than ten thousands years ago.
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Wolves, like humans, are very adaptable to different climates and surroundings. At one time, wolves roamed across nearly all the North America, Europe and Asia. Wolves can live in forests, grasslands, mountains, swamps, even in the frozen, tree-less tundras of the far north. Wolves have marvelous hearing. Like bads and dolphins, wolves can also hear high-pitched sounds well above the range of human hearing. Scientists believe that wolves hunt small prey more by sound than by smell or sight.

3. Write your feelings about the book in details.

An adult wolf can wight from 40 to 175 pounds (18 to 80 kilograms) and stretch more than 6 feet (2 meters) from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail(See p E)

I don't want to encounter such a large wolf in the forest.

4. Write the words, phrases or sentences that impressed you most in the book and explain why they impressed you. Or you could write your questions about the book.

Some wolves are higher and some are lower. This "dominance order" helps prevent fighting with the pack(See p E).

I wouldn't like to become lower if I were a wolf.
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LibraryThing member klpopwell
Very interesting book to read, but not appropiate for a read aloud. Great book for taking out when studying families or animals for children to look at during free time.
LibraryThing member TeacherLibrarian
Simon, Seymour. (1993). Wolves. New York: Scholastic, Inc.

The author introduces his subject, wolves, by posing the question of whether they are dangerous and destructive hunters of people or merely misunderstood animals with positive characteristics. It quickly becomes that he believes they have
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been misunderstood when he compares their characteristics to those of dogs and lions and notes that though similar to wolves, dogs are seen as humans’ loving friends and lions are seen as noble hunters, while wolves are seen as destructive and sly. The author goes on to describe wolves’ playfulness and excellent hunting ability. The rest of the book uses highly descriptive language, including lovely metaphors to describe wolves’ habitats, physical features, their hearing and running ability, their subspecies, their pack-behavior, and their hunting techniques. There is a discussion of wolf subspecies and efforts to prevent some species from dying out. The wolves’ howl is described in loving detail.

Simon has written over 250 science books for young people and has won several awards for his writing, so his expertise can be relied upon to a certain extent in judging the accuracy of the information in this book. However, this book doesn’t include a bibliography. Nevertheless, the facts are mostly consistent with information I checked about wolves, although Wolves doesn’t address the problem of wolves’ attacks on domestic animals and livestock. One fact that is questionable in the book is Simon’s claim that there is no record of a healthy wolf killing a human in North America. I researched this question and found several sources that claim otherwise.

The book gives detailed and comprehensive information that a primary elementary student can understand. The purpose of the book is to persuade the reader to like and admire wolves and to teach some general facts about wolves. It does this well through an informal tone and descriptive language. It doesn’t present opposing, negative views of wolves, however. The organization of the book is not structured; there are no headings, and the illustrations aren’t labeled. But a different aspect of the wolf is addressed on each page. The illustrations are beautiful color photographs of wolves in the wild, used to support the author’s position that the wolf is a noble and worthwhile animal.
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LibraryThing member vxz001
An information book about wolves with facts of how wolves live, how they have adapted to different climates, how they differ from one another, and how they breed, etc.. This book talks ALL about wolves, if you or your child want to know something about them this is the book to read. It is easy to
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read thanks to the large print and realistic pictures.
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LibraryThing member bad019
This book talks about what wolves eat, how they run in packs, and the sounds they make. This book would be good for an animal lesson. The illustrations are photographs taken by a photographer and are very high quality.
LibraryThing member jcwilcox
The book has big closeups of wolves, the pictures go along with the reading and this helps bring these amazing creatures to life. It talks about humans and wolves having relationships together. It talks about them not usually attacking humans but actually liking them. It talks about their
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intelligence and how the are almost extinct because humans hunt them.
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LibraryThing member Mcs018
This book is good for a look into the life of wolves. The students will really like the detail and how the book tells you just about everything you need to know about wolves.
LibraryThing member Taranto
I use this book for my Reading Unit in Nonfiction and Informational Texts. The students focus on pulling main ideas and supporting facts from this book. What I like abut this book, besides the photographs, is that there are no text features, which makes pulling the main idea and supporting facts a
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little more challenging. I have the students create a pretend table of contents at the end of the story and we come up with possible headings and subheadings for each page. The students really enjoy doing this, and we often have to have a mock court, to see who can convince the class that his heading or title is the best fit.
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