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. Volume XI Number 11 . . . .February 4, 2005
Lupé: A Wolf Pup's First Year, the second book in the "Wild Beginnings"series, educates young readers about how a wolf pup grows up and learns about its environment. The story is set in the mountains of Yellowstone National Park where Aspen, the female wolf, prepares for her delivery of her three pups, Lupe, Tarn, and Lobo. Through the eyes of Lupe, readers learn about the reintroduction of wolves in the Yellowstone National Park, discover the importance of the pack, and know how wolves hunt for food for survival, begin to understand how pups play and communicate with each other through howling and scents.
Rebecca Grambo, a writer and a wildlife photographer, has produced a number of acclaimed books both for children and adults including The Nature of Foxes, Weird Science, and Bear: A Celebration of Power and Glory. With her fondness for animals and nature, Grambo provides young readers an insight to the nature and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park. She incorporates these elements of nature and animals by naming the wolves in her book, Lupé. For instance, Lupe is a scientific name for wolf, Lobo means wolf in Spanish, Aspen is a tree that grows in the Yellowstone National Park and elsewhere in the Rocky Mountains, Teton refers to a mountain range south of Yellowstone, Sage is a plant that grows in western North America, Sinter is a deposit of silica, and Lily is named for the glacier lilies that grow in the park. Young readers also get to learn about forest restoration, mudpots and geysers, and much more.
Throughout the book, there are numerous colored photographs, an index, three pages of fast facts, and two references to web sites on wolves and the Yellowstone National Park.
A transplanted Canadian, Ming Wong is a resource center manager for a nonprofit organization in D.C.
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