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Struggling for survival in their frozen homeland, Pahtoo and his Rocky Mountain Gray Wolf pack finally find the elk herd that they have been stalking and hope for a successful hunt and time for play and rest under the stars.
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In a preface to this powerful story, Heinz (The Alley Cat, 1993, etc.) provides historical information on wolves in North America as well as their present situation. The mountains are characterized in language that is poetic without being heavy-handed, when out of the fog comes a pack of wolves. A dozen animals are described: their place in the pack, their approximate ages. Driving them and driving the story is their hunger, their crucial need to find food. They close in on a sick and aging elk after testing the strength of the others in the herd. The wolves ``become strange allies to the remaining elk,'' because the sick elk has slowed down the herd and eaten food that could have nourished healthy animals. After the kill, the wolves are shown playing, sleeping, and finally howling at the moon in an ``eerie symphony from the mountains to the heavens.'' In fervent harmony with the text, and in tones of lavender and taupe, Fuchs's oil paintings are authoritative and exciting. The compositions and perspectives portray danger, fear, and violence without showing the kill; in his artistry, Fuchs convinces onlookers of the impact of the event without subjecting them to the gore. An exquisite story of the wild. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Booklist:
Ages 5^-8. A creature much maligned in fiction and folklore is powerfully and realistically presented in a picture book that rings with deep understanding and reverence for the natural world. Part natural history, part story, Heinz's compelling yet quiet narrative, a dramatic, authentic record of wolf-pack behavior, follows a pack led by the wolf Pahtoo as it tracks and kills an elk, then rests from its labors. By naming the leader, Heinz allows for a smoother telling and brings the experience close: the hunt and the kill are tense, vivid, and immediate. There's no soft-pedaling, but neither is there superfluous violence. The theme is survival, and the wolves triumph; yet some elk fight back, with the sickly, old one that ultimately dies "chosen not by the wolves, but by the brutal winter and this harsh land." Fuchs' artwork is as stirring and powerful as the text. In shades of blues and grays, purples and golds, the magnificent, hazy double-page spreads evoke with equal majesty the chilling quiet of the brutal landscape and the energy and frenzy of the wolves. Heinz, who is an elementary school science teacher, sets the stage for the dramatic story with a fact-filled foreword. Stephanie Zvirin
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Book Description Dial, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110803717369
Book Description Dial, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0803717369
Book Description Dial, 1996. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0803717369