A family of Mexican gray wolves, the lobos of the title, born in captivity, are successfully returned to the wild.
Adapted from an essay in Wolf Haven: Sanctuary and the Future of Wolves in North America (2016), a book of striking photographs for adults, this stand-alone title shows and tells the story of a family, beginning with a pair of parents, “Mother and Father Wolf” and their newborn pups. After a year of growth, the family is transported from their supervised sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest to a ranch in southern New Mexico. There, to everyone’s surprise, the mother gives birth to another litter. These wolves learn to hunt for themselves and are ultimately transported again, this time across the border to be set free in the Mexican wilderness, to augment an endangered population near extinction. Appealing photographs will inspire even fledgling readers to attempt this well-designed story of environmental good news. Each spread includes a full-bleed image or set of images and, usually, a vignette. Though set legibly in short lines, the poetic text includes some challenging vocabulary. Pictures of human interactions are explained in the text, but the wolf pictures have no labels and are not always of the family described, hence the backmatter note, “based on the true story.” The backmatter also provides further information, a timeline, and resources.
An up-close look at species reintroduction for readers not quite ready for Jean Craighead George’s The Wolves are Back (illustrated by Wendell Minor, 2008). (Picture book. 4-8)