Monday, January 28, 2013

Family Pack

Family Pack
By Sandra Markle; illustrated by Alan Marks
32 pages; ages 6 -9
Charlesbridge, 2011

A young gray wolf, trapped in Canada, is taken from the wolf pack that was her family and released into Yellowstone Park. Now, writes Sandra Markle, “she roams, like a castaway, in a land that is pure unknown.”

The only wolf tracks that she sees are her own; the only howl she hears is her own voice. She must learn to hunt on her own. The young wolf survives on mice, eventually learning to hunt the old and weak elk and deer in the park.
Eventually she meets a young male and they create a new pack – their family pack. Markle brings this true story to life and provides lots of resources and wolf facts for curious readers. With pen, pencil and a few watercolor brush strokes Alan Marks creates warm, detailed images. 

 Check out other great nonfiction today at the Nonfiction Monday gathering, hosted today by Laura Salas. Review copy provided by publisher.


  1. Markle's books are just wonderful. Love them! I know we're trying to help the species as a whole, but that opening makes me so sad...

    Thanks for sharing this--putting in on my tbr list!

  2. This looks like a wonderful story! The wolves' plight needs to be brought to light and this looks like an excellent platform. I will have to check this one out! Thanks for sharing this!