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When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone (edition 2008)

by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Dan Hartman (Illustrator)

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Title:When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone
Authors:Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Other authors:Dan Hartman (Illustrator)
Info:Walker Childrens (2008), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 40 pages
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When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent



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A second or third grade class could, by using the animals and plants mentioned in the book, correctly label a food chain of the animals in Yellow Stone National Park. For example, the wolf would be at the top, then deer and elk below the wolf, then the wild grasses/vegetation at the bottom. Students could also particpate in a drama/game where certain students are assigned to be wolves and the rest are deer and elk. The number of wolves in the first round will be large at first, meaning that after tagging the deer and elk over the course of a couple minutes, there should be only a few herbivores left. The next round will include a dramatic decrease in the number of wolves, making most students deer or elk. This will result in many herbivores left, giving the students a physical representation of what happened when the number of wolves decreased. A 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade class could compare and contrast the park when the wolves were absent to the enviroment now after years of restoration by using the photos/ information in the book combined with online photos and research. The students could then write down what they learned and share with the class to help the teacher create a class compare and contrast chart on the board.
  kkminime | Mar 13, 2017 |
This informational text describes the lost ecosystem balance that occurred in Yellowstone National Park after the wolves were all killed off. The wolves were reintroduced in 1995 and since then the park has begun to rebalance. Through photographs and text the book explains the purpose the establishing Yellowstone National Park, the misunderstanding regarding the role of wolves in the food chain, the consequences of their absence for decades, the controversy surrounding reintroducing them to the area and the results so far of their reintroduction.
  annereid1 | Feb 12, 2017 |
This book is about the impact that returning the wolves to Yellowstone Park had on the restoration of it's ecosystem. The disappearance of wolves from Yellowstone Park around 1927 led to an imbalance in the ecosystem, and other species began to become scarce or disappear altogether. Since the Wolves were reintroduced to the park in 1995, the park's ecosystem has started to heal itself once again, and scientists are hopeful that other plants and animals that have become scarce, will once again return. ( )
  childrenslitpdx | Mar 14, 2016 |
This book has beautiful pictures backed up with information about the ecosystem in the Yellowstone national park. This book explains what function wolves play in the park while not being overly complicated.
  jh33 | Dec 14, 2014 |
This book is a great example of the effects humans have on the natural world, and the animals- wolfs in this instance, that live in said world. I think this is a wonderfully written book and provider reads with a story that needs to be told without the necessary amount of preachy environmentalism that often exists in these types of books. I would use these book in units on wolves, and/or deforestation. ( )
  kberryman44 | Dec 6, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802796869, Hardcover)

Yellowstone National Park’s majestic geologic wonders and remarkable wildlife draw millions of visitors each year. But there was a time when these natural treasures were in great danger, all because after years of unrestricted hunting, one key piece of the puzzle had been eliminated—the wolf.

Now, more than a decade after scientists realized the wolves’ essential role and returned them to Yellowstone, the park’s natural balance is gradually being restored.  The informative dual-level text and spectacular full-color photographs show the wolves in the natural habitat that was almost lost without them.  Readers of all ages will be inspired by the delicate natural system that is Yellowstone.

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When wolves were eliminated from Yellowstone National Park the natural system was out of balance. Shows the return of the wolves to the park and the natural balance being restored.

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