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Wolf Watch Paperback – Oct. 1 1997
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This evocative verse places readers on the hilltop with the pack, joyfully proclaiming the birth of four wolf pups. After several days the pups emerge from the dark den to meet their extended family and explore their surroundings. But the forest holds hidden dangers, and when an eagle launches an unexpected attack on the pups, Father Wolf comes to the rescue in a dramatic climax. Full color.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2. For those budding young naturalists who relish information on wild animals, here is a treasure of a book. In short, carefully worded, poetic quatrains, Winters accurately follows four wolf pups from the night of their birth through their first outing from the den. She introduces the habits of the pack: howling at the pups' birth; hunting and delivering food to mother and babies; gathering to welcome the newest family members on their first venture out. She also presents the enemy?a golden eagle?that, sensing the birth, waits for a chance to prey upon one of the defenseless pups. Regan's realistic oil paintings perfectly capture the animals' actions and bring their world to life. Scenes of mother wolf and her pups in the birth cave on left-hand pages face glimpses of the outside environment. When the young ones leave the cave, the illustrator switches to double-page spreads, allowing the sequence of the eagle's attack to play itself out dramatically. Several portraits of the mother and her babies and one of the eagle are exquisitely detailed. The play of light and shadow created by the deft blending of myriad shades of brown and gray results in a sense of depth, of wide expanse, of textured fur and rock-strewn hills. There is a lot of information to be gleaned from this sparely written visual masterpiece.?Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Kirkus Reviews
A brief, poetic picture-book celebration of the wolves in the wilderness and the birth and growth of four wolf pups. Muted brown and gray oil paintings show the events near the den (the pack howls) and above it--an eagle hunts. ``Down in the den/Deep in the dark,/One-two-three-four/Pups are born.'' Soon the pups, eyes open, stumble and tumble out of the den to play, and the eagle waits, until a wolf pup wanders after a cricket. Only the timely intervention of the father wolf prevents tragedy. The paintings capture the dignity of the animals, portray aspects of wolf behavior, and depict the rugged habitat in which they live. Especially effective is a spread of ghostlike wolves against grey rocks, as they ``weave like shadows,/Stalking a deer.'' A splendid complement to titles with a more fact-based approach to wolf life. (Picture book. 4-7) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on May 29, 2001
Wolf Watch by Kay Winters is one of those books that a child will read and remember when he grows up. It is not only beautifully illustrated (the paintings are breathtaking), but the prose is powerful and poetic as well. You really feel as though you are inside the wolf pack and the wolf's world. I was never particularly fond of wolves (Little Red Riding Hood and all), but after reading this book I have a much truer picture of this amazing animal. I am now a wolf fan and want to do what I can to help save the wolves. I wouldn't be surprised if this book inspired many children--and adults--to help save the wolf. It will also inspire children to care more about all animals, I think. Buy this book, read it yourself, and then give it to a child you care about.
Reviewed in Canada 🇨🇦 on October 25, 2000
My 6 year old son loves this book. He has checked it out from his school libary about 4 times since the begining of the school year. This book is well written, with beautiful illustrations. The story is told in a sort of poetic manner. Sheds light on how wolf life is in a way that isn't bloody or scarey for younger children. My sons favorite animal is the wolf. Santa plans on bringing this book to my son for Christmas.
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Wolf Watch bookReviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 11, 2014
This is another welcome addition to my library for my elementary-school students! I also have a painting that goes so well with the beautifully-drawn pictures (that I display while I read). I enjoy this book as much as the kids do, even though I've read it 20 or more times! It's a super story!
Five StarsReviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 27, 2017
Great book has already been read and reread many times in my preschool classroom and with grandkids