The Wolves Return: A New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park – Celia Godkin

9125eymoqml The Wolves Return: A New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park – Celia Godkin, Pajama Press, (9781772780116), 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

What did you like about the book?  This book illustrates the effect that the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park has had on the ecosystem.  The book demonstrates that predators at the top of the food chain have a profound impact. The wolves help keep down the elk population by culling the weak and the sick.  Less elk means that “…The tree seedlings, once eaten by elk, now have a chance to grow.”  More trees and berry bushes bring birds and bears to the valley.  The trees are used by beavers to build dams and so forth.  The illustrations of the wildlife are beautifully rendered in lush colors.  The book contains more information on “The Wolf in North America,” including a map, at the back.  The end pages are filled with illustrations and the names of the plants and animals that are mentioned in the book.  This is a great introduction for younger children to the impacts of animals on our world.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is a nice way to introduce ecosystems to young children.  It could be used for school reports for lower elementary school children.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? 599.773

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:   1/14/17             

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