Wolves live in groups called packs.
The alpha male and female stay together for life. Other members of the pack may leave the pack.
A pack is a family unit. It is made up of the alpha male, the alpha female and their young. Members of the same pack are called pack mates.
i>Wolves, by Einstein Sisters, is a fun-filled fact book for any young reader who is interested in random facts about wolves. This book includes wolves from different areas, including the grey wolf, red wolf, Arctic wolf, black dingo, Eurasian wolf, Mexican wolf, Iberian wolf and Ethiopian wolf. A wide variety of topics are covered, ranging from physical characteristics, habitats, babies, food chain to behaviours.
Every two page spread has no more than five sentences of information with the background consisting of large coloured photographs of wolves. This book is physically small, like a guide book, and its contents will appeal to primary-aged children and reluctant readers as the text is not overwhelming with small font like most nonfiction books. Moreover, the facts are separated in individual bubbles scattered amongst the pages with different coloured bolded fonts to highlight keywords and ideas, thereby making the information easier to read and process.
As Wolves is an informative source of nonfiction, it would be more user-friendly if there was a table of contents, index, glossary, and page numbers. These aspects would have allowed this book to be used for research purposes, but, since these features are missing, it becomes principally limited to being a leisure read.
Overall, Wolves is a very appealing nonfiction leisure read for young readers as well as reluctant readers. The abundant coloured visuals, paired with the coloured, bolded fonts attract the attention of this targeted audience group.
Sheryl Lee is a mother of two young children and a teacher-librarian in New Westminster, British Columbia.