"This beautifully illustrated book teaches children how fragile our coral reefs are, and how important coral reefs are to the sea creatures who depend on them. My little grandson loves this book because of the colorful fish and octopus which inhabit the reef. As he grows older, he will understand what part kids can play to help preserve our ocean environment."
Review of Wolf Howls from Rueben Allen of Vegans in Paradise.
green kids club: wolf howls
By Sylvia M. Medina
Contributor: Saige J. Ballock-Dixon
Illustrations by Joy Eagle
Green Kids Club, 2014
Green Kids Club: Wolf Howls is one of a series of books created to make young children aware of the need to preserve animal species threatened with extinction.
In this graphic story, Tiago, the younger brother of Victor and Maya, accompanies his siblings on a camping trip with their friend Kaya.
After drinking out of a bottle that contains glowing green water, the children go to sleep in their sleeping bags. Maya feels something in the water is magical and makes the children able to communicate with animals.
Zor, a gray wolf, who is known as "Protector of the forest," lifts Tiago from his sleeping bag and carries him away to a cave. Tiago, who is wearing his wolf pajamas, pleads with Zor not to eat him.
Prior to this incident, Zor's mate and son were carried off by humans. Tiago offers his help in tracking down Zor's family. The other children join the pair in rescuing the baby wolf.
At the story's end the hunter says to Tiago, "You are right, wolves are an important part of our world and we need to learn to live together and share the land with them. We need to stop taking wolves!"
The book concludes with two illustrated pages of wolf facts and two more pages devoted to wolf restoration, both sections with stock animal photos. Most of the book features colorful pastel illustrations. One specially appealing drawing shows Zor and Tiago (in his wolf pajamas), both howling at a yellow moon.
Green Kids Club: Wolf Howls is a sensitive story that makes young children aware that many wild animals should not be killed, but instead preserved. It is a story parents will enjoy reading to their children whose attention will be held by the engaging illustrations in a tale that emphasizes that animals also live in families that care for each other.
Reuben Allen has a master's degree in library science and served as a school librarian in junior and senior high schools. He was an English, journalism, and social studies teacher in junior high, high school, and adult school.
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