Return to Yellowstone
Gray Wolf Comeback
From the Series Saving Animals from the Brink
Gray wolves were predators that dominated the North American landscape hundreds of years ago. But when Mike Philips and Doug Smith relocated 14 wolves to Yellowstone in 1995, it was the first time in over 70 years that the species had stepped foot on the land. With the whole park suffering, this last change to save the gray wolf was also crucial to saving the balance of a delicate ecosystem. Follow along on this graphic adventure based on a true story to learn how a bold plan brough the gray wolf back from the brink. Then, learn more about gray wolves and other wolves in danger.
|Interest Level||Grade 3 - Grade 6|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Imprint||Bear Claw Books|
SLJ Review of Saving Animals from the Brink
A new take on science comics that feature groups of conservationists and activists working to help save animals from extinction. This series is tied together with the shared thread of animals at risk and their connection to the creation of the Endangered Species Act. Each title addresses the critical importance of the selected species, using key terms like “apex predator” and “keystone species” to impress the importance of the animals upon readers. While the work done by the conservationists is inspirational, there is some dancing around issues, as each narrative begins at the onset of colonialism or expansionism without really addressing that issue in a decolonized way. Also, A Chemical Nightmare leaves out the major factor in DDT’s removal—Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and its public impact, which was inspired by Charles Broley’s research.
VERDICT Using science comics and simplified narratives, this series aims to discuss topical issues of extinction and conservation with reluctant readers.