- By Willow Dawson

The Wolf-Birds

  • Title: The Wolf-Birds
  • Author: Willow Dawson
  • ISBN: 9781771470544
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Wolf Birds In a story set deep in the wild winter wood two hungry ravens fly in search of their next meal A pack of wolves is on the hunt too Food is scarce but if they team up the ravens and wolves just mi

    In a story set deep in the wild winter wood, two hungry ravens fly in search of their next meal A pack of wolves is on the hunt, too Food is scarce, but, if they team up, the ravens and wolves just might be able to help each other.The ravens follow a pack of starving wolves on the hunt The wolves come up empty handed and even lose one of their own in the chase but tIn a story set deep in the wild winter wood, two hungry ravens fly in search of their next meal A pack of wolves is on the hunt, too Food is scarce, but, if they team up, the ravens and wolves just might be able to help each other.The ravens follow a pack of starving wolves on the hunt The wolves come up empty handed and even lose one of their own in the chase but the ravens have better luck The wolves hear the ravens cawing and investigate only to find an injured deer, the perfect meal The wolves make the kill the opportunistic ravens benefit, feasting alongside and after the wolves.The Wolf Birds takes an honest, unflinching view of survival in the wild, highlighting the fact that one animal s life helps many others live Based on scientific data and anecdotal reports from Aboriginal hunters, the book explores the fascinating symbiotic relationship shared by wolves and ravens Because ravens follow and scavenge food from wolves which scientists believe hints at an ecological relationship thousands of years old ravens have been dubbed wolf birds An informational author s note at the back of the book explains about

    1 thought on “The Wolf-Birds

    1. A beautiful picture book, with illustrations in a similar style to Ted Harrison's. Willow Dawson tells a simple story of a pair of ravens who are hungry in winter. The ravens help a wolf pack find a deer, thereby helping themselves to some tasty bits from the deer. The author doesn't prettify the story, so she shows that the wolves live dangerous lives, and neither they nor the ravens are 100% successful when they hunt. The author also provides a little bit of information for young readers about [...]

    2. Narrative non-fiction for those who understand that carnivores, scavengers, and omnivores are critters who need to eat, and who have families, just as cuter animals do. Concise and accessible even for pre-schoolers (even for tots?). Wonderfully creative and bold art. Author's note and bibliography. I will look for more by Dawson.

    3. Some will not like the death depicted here, but I appreciate this depiction of the life cycle. Simple but expert text also introduces mutualism of species in a way youngsters will understand.The earthy-colored, solid illustrations are outlined with softer colors. They vary from double-page spreads to circle frames of close-ups. White background portrays the cold winter that drives animals to fight for their lives.

    4. I never knew about the relationship between Ravens and wolves and this book has definitely piqued my interest in the subject. It serves as a rather simple introduction to the mutualistic relationship that can turn into klepto-parasitism, but the author's note at the end will satisfy your curiosity until you can pick up a more in depth title on the topic.

    5. This beautifully illustrated book came across my desk today in the library and I HAD to take a few moments to read it. Gorgeous art. Use in the classroom for: winter, animal habitats, science, cooperation among animals (symbiosis or mutualism).

    6. Mainly just read this because I thought the illustration was captivating. I don't have to much to say other than it's pretty blunt, explaining just how nature works and the hardships of animals in the wild. If your child is sensitive or you're looking for a uplifting book before bedobably not the best pick. Though I applaud parents who let their children experience the truth, even when life isn't full of sunshine and rainbows.

    7. Interesting book. Not sure it is for young readers except with parental guidance. It does show reality and the biological facts of predator and prey. Very informative.

    8. It a beautifully drawn out story of a semi-life circle. It is a bit dark, for kids at least, but it shows that life isn't all rainbows and daisies.

    9. Brings a bit of the natural world, animal symbiosis, into focus in an engaging way with nice illustrations.

    10. A Blue Spruce NomineeI found that I had to prepare my students, particularly those that are quite young, for death by discussing wild animals and their need to survive.

    11. A stark but lyrical look at mutualism: how different species sometimes work together to hunt for food in the cold winter months. Examines the food chain and life cycles of wild animals in nature. Artwork is in earth-tones and clear without being graphic (given the subject matter).

    12. Based on a scientific concept that occurs in nature, Willow Dawson tells the story of the relationship between ravens and wolves, some believe has happened for thousands of years. Ravens go hungry in winter because snow covers much of their food, and often they depend on wolves to first make a kill so the ravens can eat the exposed flesh. Ravens are not strong enough to tear through a hide. On the other hand, ravens can oversee the land from above, and some have observe them cawing near prey, a [...]

    13. “The Wolf-Birds” is an ode to the circle of life and the harsh, but also beautiful, realities of nature. The story follows two crows and four (but soon three) wolves as they hunt in the late days of winter when food is scarce. Death is dealt with pragmatically, emphasising its omnipresence in the lives of wild animals. While both the deaths discussed in the story are violent, the illustrations are bloodless. The matter-of-factness of the text and illustrations helps to soften the blow but it [...]

    14. A simple story with beautiful illustrations about life cycles in nature. This book deals with wolves and ravens, who have a sort of symbiotic relationship, helping each other hunt and survive -- an actual phenomenon. The Wolf-Birds presents a matter-of-fact look at death in nature. With its beautiful illustrations and upfront approach to the story, it shows animal death in an unupsetting way. Predation in nature -- which is often overdramatized and presented emotionally in other sources like doc [...]

    15. The ravens search the winter snow for something to eat. They follow a pack of four wolves hunt a large bison. Unfortunately, the bison kicks one of the wolves and kills it. Now there are only three wolves hunting in the winter snow. They chase a rabbit which gets away. Then the wolves hear the cry of the ravens. The raven dip their wings. The wolves follow them and find a pair of starving deer. The wolves give chase and kill the weaker one with the injured leg. The deer provides food for the wol [...]

    16. I am old enough to be a grown-up and while I understand the life-cycle and relationships depicted I found this one a little scary.

    17. I really don't know what to think about this one. It's definitely a "circle of life" story, that involves ravens looking for food, watching one wolf out of a pack of 4 die, and then finally finding a meal in a deer that's starving to death. Definitely too gruesome for anyone under preschool, but an interesting study in how some predators find their food. Illustrations are very geometric and simple, with broad white brushstrokes across grainy paper making up the snowy landscape.

    18. When I like a children's book it is because the illustrations draw me in or the story packs a punch, or they're about wolves or dogs. This book delivers on all counts. The story is brief, but not a single word is wasted or added without purpose. The illustrations are stunning in their simplicity and beauty. For me a book doesn't get any better than this. May the author have a very long and productive career.

    19. Boy, you know I might have to read this one again a few more times. There was A LOT going on in this one.See, but that's what it's like in the snow. You think it's just cold and white and it's snow, and there's nothing there, but there's all this STUFF going on. I THINK one of the wolfs died but I'm not sure. And they eat DEER. Wow.This one was deep.And I love the pictures.So I say it's a great one even if I CAN'T figure it out the whole way. Like Mama said, you just stick with it.

    20. A beautiful book, written AND illustrated by the author, about the circle of life in nature and how animals work together in order to survive. I liked the sounds that were incorporated into the story, as well as the simple, almost stylized, drawings. There is death in the story, but it is ultimately life-affirming: "One animal's life helps many others live."

    21. I like the illustrations and the honest depiction of natural survival where two unlikely species come together to eat. It does portray wildlife survival though, so if one is unable/unwilling to explain why animals must kill other animals to survive to the audience it is written for, this book may be a hard read.

    22. The illustrations in this book are fabulous - like another reviewer said, reminiscent of cave paintings. Full of energy and movement. The story is great too - I had no idea that wolves and ravens sometimes worked together to find meals! I love picture books that demonstrate science facts!

    23. Sparse text and illustrations show the bleakness and hunger during a cold winter and how 2 species help each other survive. Author note states sources and science behind the story. Pair it with Old Wolf by Avi.

    24. Beautifully illustrated story about the relationship between ravens and wolves. Probably better for older readers (K - 2nd) as it does not shy away from the harsh reality of predators trying to survive the winter.

    25. I loved the art! It reminds me of cave paintings, the way the animals are just color and shape and movement. This is an interesting introduction to the relationship between two very intelligent species!

    26. This picture book deals with the harsh reality of life and death during the starving months of the winter in a matter of fact way, following two ravens and four wolves as they hunt for food. The flowing illustrations evoke the beauty and savagery of the wild.

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