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The Wolf-Birds (edition 2015)
by Willow Dawson (Illustrator)
The Wolf-Birds by Willow Dawson
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The illustrations in this book are fabulous - like another reviewer said, reminiscent of cave paintings. Full of energy and movement. The story is great too - I had no idea that wolves and ravens sometimes worked together to find meals! I love picture books that demonstrate science facts! ( )
A simple story with beautiful illustrations about life cycles in nature.
This book deals with wolves and ravens, who have a sort of symbiotic relationship, helping each other hunt and survive -- an actual phenomenon. The Wolf-Birds presents a matter-of-fact look at death in nature. With its beautiful illustrations and upfront approach to the story, it shows animal death in an unupsetting way. Predation in nature -- which is often overdramatized and presented emotionally in other sources like documentaries -- is shown here as a necessity and maybe even positive thing.
Overall, a this is a beautiful book, a look at a fascinating relationship in nature, and a wonderful introduction to animal survival.
An admirable introduction to predator-prey relationships and death in the wild world for children. Though not graphic, Dawson doesn't sugar-coat death due to hunting injuries or the kill. Her manga-like illustrations are not as visceral as photographs or more realistic art, so may help sensitive children accept this necessary part of the life cycle. We all kill to eat, if in different ways. Even vegetarians kill live plants for sustenance. Dawson's language is spare, but lyrical. I like how she opens and closes with similar words. Her first sentence is: "Deep in the wild winter wood, when the snow falls and the icy wind blows, two hungry ravens huddle in wait for their next meal." After both wolves and ravens are fed, she concludes with: "Deep in the wild winter wood, where the wolves and ravens hunt, the starving wait for Spring's return has finally come to an end." If read aloud, children can imitate the "Kaw" of the ravens and the "Arooo" of the wolves to participate in the story. In some pictures, dashed lines indicate a raven's flight path. Before explaining this to children, ask them what they think the lines mean. It would also be good to emphasize the fact that wolves often take prey that is injured and/or starving: ""Between aspen trunks stripped cold ad bare, a starving deer favors an injured leg." Finally, the deer's "... life helps many others live" as the wolves and ravens feed themselves and their pups and chicks. An Author's Note and Sources provide further information and emphasize how we can "celebrate the clever ways in which wolves and ravens thrive throughout the long, deadly winter" as well as "the cycle of life."
In a story set deep in the wild winter wood, two hungry ravens fly in search of their next meal. A pack of wolves is on the hunt, too. Food is scarce, but, if they team up, the ravens and wolves just mightbe able to help each other. The ravens follow a pack of starving wolves on the hunt. The wolves come up empty handed - and even lose one of their own in the chase - but the ravens have better luck. The wolves hear the ravens cawing and investigate only to find an injured deer, the perfect meal! The wolves make the kill; the opportunistic ravens benefit, feasting alongside and after the wolves. The Wolf-Birds takes an honest, unflinching view of survival in the wild, highlighting the fact that one animal's life helps many others live. Based on scientific data and anecdotal reports from Aboriginal hunters, the book explores the fascinating symbiotic relationship shared by wolves and ravens. Because ravens follow and scavenge food from wolves -- which scientists believe hints at an ecological relationship thousands of years old -- ravens have been dubbed "wolf-birds." An informational author's note at the back of the book explains more about this amazing animal behavior. Lyrical, spare text and acrylic paint illustrations combine to give this picture book a elegant, stylized feel that completes this portrait of a multi-faceted symbiotic relationship. "Layering beautiful illustrations and storytelling over scientifically accurate concepts, The Wolf-Birdsdraws readers to the poetry of predator, prey, and scavenger interactions. Dawson's honest portrayal of ecological relationships effectively, and importantly, connects us to the raw beauty of our natural world." - Daniel Stahler, PhD, Wildlife Biologist, Yellowstone National Park
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)599.773 — Natural sciences and mathematics Zoology Mammals Carnivora Canines Wolves
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