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Book: One Wolf Howls
Author: Scotti Cohn
Illustrator: Susan Detwiler
Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1-934359-92-1 (hard cover)
ISBN-13: 978-1-607180-37-1 (paperback)
Related website: www.SylvanDellPublishing.com
Language level: 1 (nothing objectionable)
Reading level: ages 4-8 (grades P-3)
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
Cohn, Scotti. One Wolf Howls (published in 2009 by Sylvan Dell Publishing). What do you know about wolves? Most people would recognize them and understand that they are relatives of the domesticated dog, but there are many aspects in which the wolf remains a mysterious creature. Scotti Cohn’s gentle poetic text tells how one wolf howls in the January moonlight, two wolves play in a February snowfall, three wolves bark on a brisk March morning, and so on. Can you guess how many wolves sing a December chorus? The luscious, full-color drawings by Susan Detwiler which accompany are a feast for the eyes. One thing that makes Sylvan Dell books so great is that they are aligned to state standards in math and science. Thus, they are not only fun and enjoyable to read, but also educational at the same time.
The “For Creative Minds” educational section at the end of the book, which may be photocopied or printed from Sylvan Dell’s website by the owner of the book for educational, non-commercial uses, includes a Wolf Communications Matching Activity, Fun Facts about wolves and their life cycle, a Wolf Calendar Activity, and information about hunting and endangered wolves. Besides the knowledge concerning wolves, additional benefits for very young children in having this book read to them are counting from one to twelve and becoming familiar with the months of the year. Cross-curricular “Teaching activities,” interactive quizzes, and much more are available online at the Sylvan Dell website. One Wolf Howls will delight all youngsters, especially those who like to learn about nature.