In 1995-96 twenty-three grey wolves were released in Yellowstone National Park where, due to over-hunting, there had been no wolves at all for almost seventy years. This reintroduction project was an overwhelming success. Over twenty years later we can still see the changes the grey wolves brought to Yellowstone National Park. Now that the elk graze higher ground, seedlings are growing tall, rivers are getting deeper as beavers return, and a lively pond ecosystem is developing. This true story offers an important lesson about the difference one creature can make in creating a healthy, thriving world. Acclaimed environmental author and illustrator Celia Godkin delivers an inspiring, feel-good environmental story that is the perfect follow up to her most recent nonfiction picture book, Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World, a Bank Street Best Book that was also shortlisted for several awards. The Wolves Return features Godkin’s evocative, full-spread pencil crayon and watercolour illustrations and is further enhanced by extensive information on the Yellowstone Wolf Project, including maps and statistics that will fascinate young animal lovers and inquisitive minds.
I had never heard of the Yellowstone Wolf Project prior to picking up this book, and wow, what a fascinating story, and a powerful reaffirmation of the truth that all living things are connected. As The Wolves Return beautifully shows, when a species is removed from its environment, the repercussions can be far more extensive, and impact far more creatures, than we could ever imagine.
Author/illustrator Celia Godkin takes readers on a tour of Yellowstone National Park, showcasing the different ways in which the return of the wolves has reshaped the environment. The book finishes with a very good overview of the history of Yellowstone’s wolves, as well as a personal call to action from activist and wildlife champion Godkin.
The Wolves Return is both a warning and a message of hope to young readers – your actions can have far-reaching consequences, but it’s not too late. The environment is in a terrible state, but there’s still hope for the future, if we act now. Perhaps more than ever we need to instil in young readers a real love, respect and appreciation for the natural world around us, and The Wolves Return is a great tool to help that happen.
The Wolves Return
Hardcover, 32 pages
March 23, 2017: Pajama Press
Source: Goodreads Giveaway