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The Wolf-Birds

by (author) Willow Dawson

Publisher
Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Mar 2016
Category
Birds, Death & Dying, Wolves & Coyotes, General, Wolves & Coyotes, Environmental Science & Ecosystems
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781771472265
    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
    List Price
    $9.99
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781771470544
    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price
    $18.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 4

Description

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 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 more about this amazing animal behavior. 
Lyrical, spare text and acrylic paint illustrations combine to give this picture book a elegant, stylized feel that completes this portrait of a multi-faceted symbiotic relationship.
"Layering beautiful illustrations and storytelling over scientifically accurate concepts, The Wolf-Birds draws readers to the poetry of predator, prey, and scavenger interactions. Dawson’s honest portrayal of ecological relationships effectively, and importantly, connects us to the raw beauty of our natural world."
– Daniel Stahler, PhD, Wildlife Biologist, Yellowstone National Park

About the author

Award winning author and illustrator Willow Dawson’s books include Ghost Limb, Hyena In Petticoats, The Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea with Helaine Becker, Lila and Ecco’s Do-It-Yourself Comics Club, No Girls Allowed with Susan Hughes, and the upcoming The Wolf-Birds. Her books have been supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Willow Dawson also teaches Creating Comics and Graphic Novels at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. She lives in Toronto.

Willow Dawson's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Nominated for the 2017 Blue Spruce Award
  • Short-listed, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award
  • Short-listed, The Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada 2016 Information Book Award
  • Short-listed, Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award
  • Winner, New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing
  • Unknown, Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens

Editorial Reviews

"Beautiful...describes factually and in a calm and steady tone how birds and animals survive during cold winter months in a northern forest."

Resource Links

"An interesting, contemplative addition to the nature shelf."

Kirkus

"Graceful artwork...a fine resource for demonstrating how the hunt depends on cooperation both within a species and between them."

Publisher's Weekly

"Dawson's illustrations are amazing."

Unshelved

"Layering beautiful illustrations and storytelling over scientifically accurate concepts, The Wolf-Birds draws readers to the poetry of predator, prey, and scavenger interactions. Dawson’s honest portrayal of ecological relationships effectively, and importantly, connects us to the raw beauty of our natural world."

Daniel Stahler, PhD, Wildlife Biologist

"The Wolf-Birds, beautifully depicted by Willow Dawson's artwork, is a story that must be told and appreciated for its lessons and its message about working together and survival, teachings that go far beyond the natural environment portrayed within."

CanLit for Little Canadians

"An exciting, evocative book."

National Reading Campaign

"A book that brings its subject to life in an unconventional fashion, and offers a refreshing and reflective addition to the natural-world bookshelf."

Quill & Quire

"I really do like the pictures in this book. They make you feel nervous, and then sad, and then happy, like you've just made a new friend."

Kids' Book Buzz

"Earth-toned acrylic paintings, with stylized, flat forms in spare landscape, evoke the leanness of the woods in late winter and highlight the stark realities of the life cycle."

The Horn Book Inc.

"Recommended."

Canadian Review of Materials

"Graphic novelist Dawson's acrylic-on-cardboard illustrations suggest an archetypal, cave painting style, at times whimsical but nonetheless dynamic and intimate...a solid introduction to forest ecology."

School Library Journal-Starred Review

Other titles by Willow Dawson

Fierce: Women who Shaped Canada

by (author) Lisa Dalrymple
illustrated by Willow Dawson

Gothic Tales of Haunted Love

A Gothic Romance Graphic Novel Anthology

edited by S.M. Beiko & Hope Nicholson
contributions by Megan Kearney, David Alexander Robertson, Janet Hetherington, John K. Snyder III, Katie West, Sarah Winifred Searle, Scott Chantler, Scott B. Henderson, Barbara Guttman, Cherelle Higgins, Maia Kobabe, Rahzzah, Ray Fawkes, Becka Kinzie, Caroline Dougherty, Cecil Castellucci, Colleen Coover, Dante Luiz, Hache Pueyo, Nika, Ronn Sutton, Zakk Saam, Allison Paige, Amber Noelle, Ash J. Wu, Chris Stone, Femi Sobowale, Hien Pham, James Hill, Kelly Williams, Kitty Curran, Larissa Zageris, Laura Bowman, Lou Marchetti, Rina Rozsas, Sanho Kim, Svetla Nikolova & Willow Dawson
foreword by Jacque Nodell
cover design or artwork by Leslie Doyle

White as Milk, Red as Blood

The Forgotten Fairy Tales of Franz Xaver von Schönwerth

by (author) Franz Xaver von Schonwerth
illustrated by Willow Dawson
translated by Shelley Tanaka
foreword by Philip Pullman

Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush

by (author) Carol Shields & Patrick Crowe
illustrated by Selena Goulding
adapted by Willow Dawson
introduction by Margaret Atwood

Avis Dolphin

by (author) Frieda Wishinsky
illustrated by Willow Dawson

Big Green Book of the Big Blue Sea, The

by (author) Helaine Becker
illustrated by Willow Dawson

Hyena in Petticoats

The Story Of Suffragette Nellie Mcclung

by (author) Willow Dawson

Lila and Ecco's Do-It-Yourself Comics Club

illustrated by Willow Dawson

No Girls Allowed

Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom and Adventure

by (author) Susan Hughes
illustrated by Willow Dawson