Tuesday, April 30, 2013

{Blog Tour/Review} Alphie: a Yellowstone wolf pup by Brian A. Connolly

ISBN #: 978-1621372004
Page Count: 176
Copyright: February 7, 2013
Publisher: Virtualbookworm.com Publishing

(Taken from back cover)

When three month old Alphie, a wolf pup of the Lamar Pack, woke up from a long nap, he discovered that he was alone. His pack had moved to their high country rendezvous at Opal Creek accidentally leaving him behind to face the wild valley on his own. He was lost and frightened. His tiny howls attracted a grizzly and a mountain lion.

After facing many dangers during long days and longer nights, Alphie is rescued by an old wolf returning to the pack. Grandfather becomes Alphie's protector and teacher. Their meeting marks the beginning of a long friendship that weaves its way through all of the exciting adventures that Alphie experiences during his first year as a Yellowstone wolf pup.

Alphie, a Yellowstone wolf pup is a verbal map of the northern range of Yellowstone National Park. Beautifully rendered sketches fill in the details. The story introduces young readers to this special wilderness and wild places in general. Wandering the Lamar Valley, with book in hand, a reader should be able to locate Druid Peak, the Ledge Trail, the rendezvous site, Jasper Bench, Chalcedony Creek, as well as other landmarks in Alphie's Territory.

Charlene's Review:

Waking up, alone and scared, Alphie begins an adventure to find his family. The wild country holds many perils, and lots of mischief for a young wolf pup, as Alphie soon discovers. Finally, meeting up with an older wolf, Alphie finds his way to his beloved family, and on toward adulthood.

Alphie, a Yellowstone wolf pup uses a picturesque narrative to tell not only the story of a young animal, but to paint a vivid picture of the famous National Park. Geared towards the 8 to 12 year old audience, Mr. Connolly makes an in-depth learning experience pleasurable. Including a glossary in the back of the book for those unfamiliar words, he gives special attention to making sure the reader is armed with necessary information. The illustrations are delightful, and Mr. Connolly's love of nature is evident in the details provided. Any nature lover would enjoy this look into the lives of a wolf pack.

*A paperback copy of this book was provided by the publisher for the purposes of this tour and in exchange for an honest review.

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