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Children's Nonfiction Wolves & Coyotes

Sea Wolves

Keepers of the Rainforest

by (author) M.E.G.A.N. BENEDICT & Melanie Crowder

illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers

Astra Publishing House
Initial publish date
Jul 2024
Wolves & Coyotes, NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Environmental Science & Ecosystems
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2024
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3


This lyrical, stunningly illustrated book explores the sea wolf—an apex marine mammal evolved from the gray wolf—as it navigates the coastline, eats seafood, and lives its extraordinary, unusual life.

Sea Wolves: Keepers of the Rainforest is the astonishing story of a wolf species that calls the shores of western Canada and southeastern Alaska home. Here, wolves crack clams, feast on fish roe, swipe salmon from rivers, and swim miles between islands—as long observed by the First Nations communities that have lived alongside them for thousands of years.

However, with the rise of industrial logging, pipeline projects, and other threats, sea wolves face a troubled future. Wildlife experts and First Nations members agree: these majestic creatures are a vital part of the ecosystem and need to be protected.

Through beautiful verse and striking illustrations, Sea Wolves captures the fascinating life of an animal with great cultural and scientific significance—one that will inspire awe in young readers.

About the authors

M.E.G.A.N. BENEDICT's profile page

Melanie Crowder's profile page

Roy Henry Vickers is a renowned carver, painter and printmaker whose Eagle Aerie Gallery in Tofino, BC, has become a provincial landmark. Roy was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 1998 and to the Order of Canada in 2006. He is the co-author of the immensely popular children's Northwest Coast Legends series, of which three books were shortlisted for the Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award: Raven Brings the Light in 2014, Cloudwalker in 2015 and Orca Chief in 2016. He is the author of several other books that showcase his art, including Storyteller (Harbour Publishing, 2014). He currently lives in Hazelton, BC.

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Editorial Reviews

"Lyrical glimpses of the little-studied wolves that live along the edges of the Northwest coastal rainforest... (with) expansive, atmospheric coastal scenes, (this book is) informative as well as evocative in both art and writing."—Kirkus Reviews

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