Bringing Back the Wolves

Jude Isabella
Kim Smith

An unintended experiment in Yellowstone National Park, in which an ecosystem is devastated and then remarkably rehabilitated, provides crucial lessons about nature's intricate balancing act.

In the 1800s, hunters were paid by the American government to eliminate threats to livestock on cattle ranches near Yellowstone National Park. They did such a good job that, by 1926, no gray wolf packs were left in the park. Over the following decades, virtually every other part of the park's ecosystem was affected by the loss of the wolves --- from the animals who were their prey, to the plants that were the food for that prey, to the streams that were sheltered by those plants --- and the landscape was in distress. So, starting in 1995, in an attempt to reverse course, the government reintroduced gray wolves to the park. Over time, animal populations stabilized, waterways were restored and a healthy ecosystem was recreated across the land. It's a striking transformation, and a fascinating tale of life's complicated interdependencies.

Jude Isabella's thoroughly researched, expert-reviewed text and Kim Smith's beautiful nature art bring science to life in this captivating story of renewal. Readers will recognize just how complex an ecosystem is and learn about the surprising interconnectedness of its members. Biodiversity, ecosystems, the food chain, habitats, needs of living things and the importance of human stewardship of the environment are all covered through this real-life example, offering direct links to earth and life science curriculums. Food web infographics help reinforce the information. A glossary and index add to the book's usefulness.

978-1-77138-625-8 | Mar 3, 2020
List Price: USD $18.99, CAD $19.99
4-color 8 1/2 x 11 40 pages
Grades: 3 To 7 / Ages: 8 to 12
978-1-5253-0511-5 | Mar 3, 2020
List Price: USD $11.99, CAD $11.99

Awards & Reviews

“Clear, comprehensive, and thoroughly accessible.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, November 2019
“Isabella and Smith offer young readers an opportunity to watch the effect on the environment of reintroducing the wolves and the vital and complex interconnections that make up ecosystems.”
— The Globe and Mail, February 2020
“Tailor-made for classroom units on biodiversity, and fun to explore as well.”
— Booklist, March 2020
“This fascinating story is sure to captivate young conservationists.”
— School Library Journal, April 2020
“... interesting and informative.”
— CM Magazine, September 2020
2022 - Red Cedar Book Award, BC Young Reader's Choice, Short-listed
2021 - Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens List, Capitol Choices, Winner
2021 - Information Book Award, Vancouver Children`s Literature Roundtable, Short-listed
2021 - Skipping Stones Honor List, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner
2021 - Best Children's Books List, Bank Street College, Winner
2021 - 2021 Magnolia Book Awards, Mississippi Children's Museum, Short-listed
2020 - Books of the Year: Books for Young People, Quill & Quire, Winner
2020 - Best Middle Grade Books of 2020, Kirkus Reviews, Winner
2020 - Best Kids Books of the Year, New York Public Library, Winner
2020 - Eureka! Nonfiction Children`s Book Awards, California Reading Association, Honor Book

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