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Once you start reading this wonderful book, you will be unable to put it down. It not only tells the story of the Sawtooth Pack of wolves, but it tells you exactly how important wolves and their packs are to our eco system. A truly wonderful book.
For three evenings I ran with the wolves and felt like a kid again, so engaging was life with a lupine family through the eyes of Jim and Jamie Dutcher, who lived with an evolving wolf pack and filmed them for six years. I sometimes read middle-grade books to recommend them to young family members, but I had a ball myself with this lively you-are-there narrative. Spun out in a charmingly illustrated edition, the tale should be a magnet for any kid or young adult interested in wildlife and the natural world. Sometimes the descriptions of the wolves' interactions with pack members and the human observers verge on the anthropomorphic— but, dang, you have to wonder, the way these wolves solve complex problems, connect with humans, and maintain a social order that serves them so well. The underlying message resonates even with this urbanite: wolves are very special, complicated creatures to be protected and sustained in the balance between human and wildlife habitation. I recommend it to schoolkids with wolf-like howls of enthusiasm.