Saturday, April 6, 2013
Book Review - Alphie, a Yellowstone wolf pup
When three month old Alphie, a wolf pup of the Lamar Pack, woke up from a long nap, he discovered that he was alone. His pack had moved to their high country rendezvous at Opal Creek accidentally leaving him behind to face the wild valley on his own. He was lost and frightened. His tiny howls attracted a grizzly and a mountain lion. After facing many dangers during long days and longer nights, Alphie is rescued by an old wolf returning to the pack. Grandfather becomes Alphie's protector and teacher. Their meeting marks the beginning of a long friendship that weaves its way through all of the exciting adventures that Alphie experiences during his first year as a Yellowstone wolf pup. Alphie, a Yellowstone wolf pup is a verbal map of the northern range of Yellowstone National Park. Beautifully rendered sketches fill in the details. The story introduces young readers to this special wilderness and wild places in general. Wandering the Lamar Valley, with book in hand, a reader should be able to locate Druid Peak, the Ledge Trail, the rendezvous site, Jasper Bench, Chalcedony Creek, as well as other landmakers in Alphie's Territory.
My Take on the Book
This is a chapter book best read by children 8-12 years old, although it could be a read aloud adult/child shared book also.
The text was written with excellent descriptive language and with dialogue between the wolves in the story. You could feel and see what what happening to Alphie as he matured. The author seemed to become Alphie and recorded his thoughts and feelings.
The story is one of the beginnings of a wolf pup's life and the aging process as grandfather wolf dies.
I enjoyed the story. I felt the details in the story line helped keep the interest flowing to the last page.
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