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Kids Nonfiction
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)  
 
5.0
Learning Value 
 
4.0

A howling good read.

In this beginning leveled reader, we are introduced to how wolves live. From packs to dens, short, easy sentences describe where wolves live, how they get food, and how they care for each other in packs. Clear and colorful photographs accompany the brief text and show wolves and their pups playing, sleeping, and interacting with one another.

Good Points
The sections on how pups learn to complete adult activities and on the language that wolves use is especially interesting. I like that many of the sections of the text have Ranger Rick popping up and asking the readers questions about how they play or speak with friends. This gives a lot of room for discussion and additional learning.

You can tell I'm old-- I want to pair these Ranger Rick Nature books with the encyclopedia, so young readers can look up an article and have an adult read the facts about wolves, and then read this easy text out loud and compare the two. A trip to a local library's 590 section will serve the same purpose, and the chance to compare pictures and different facts about animals will give children a good early background in research. I Can Read books make excellent gifts that can be passed on to schools or day care when the child has moved beyond leveled readers.
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