“Did you know that ravens are also called wolf-birds?
This story of the interdependence between wolves and ravens follows the hunting strategies of both species as the wolves and ravens pursue their prey. The crisp, fluid but sometimes dark illustrations add to the sense of urgency and pace of the hunt in a harsh environment, in this informational text turned picture book. The brief text and action-packed illustrations add to the pace of the hunt. Readers must read the illustrations carefully to infer consequences of the hunt. It is unlike most picture books about wild animals, as it deals about desperation, perseverance, thievery and occasional cooperation, as the author explains. It is best narrated by an adult with young children, because of the subject matter.
This book is well researched, as most informational texts by OWL Kids. The author’s interest and love of wolves are evident, as her own child is named Wolf. An author’s forward at the beginning of the book and note at the back of the book, explains more fully the relationship between wolves and ravens in nature. It is ideal for studying Alberta’s Grade Three Science unit: Animal Life Cycles.