Wednesday, July 2, 2008

When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature's Balance in Yellowstone

Dorothy Hinshaw Patent, Illustrators Dan & Cindy Hartman
Walker Books

Beavers, badgers and elk, oh my! You’ll learn about Yellowstone National Park, and will also discover you have acquired a stunning collection of nature photographs. This father-daughter photography team resides on the border of the park, which really shines through in their work.

The author gives a brief explanation of Yellowstone as a national park before she launches into the history of the animals, which is the true focus of the book. She explains how Yellowstone has a very complex natural system, the circumstances that progressively occurred, and their effect on the animals. It’s interesting to learn why one animal thrives, while another animal languishes.

She does a good job giving the right amount of details – enough to be informative but not overly complicated. Younger readers can enjoy the animal and scenery photos, while older readers can easily follow the narration. If you have a nature lover, I would absolutely recommend this book.


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