Monday, May 13, 2013

Review: Alphie, a Yellowstone Wolf Pup by Brian A. Connolly

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The fact that I received this book for free did not influence my opinions.

Blurb: When three month old Alphie, a wolf pup of the Lamar Pack, woke up from a long nap, he discovered that he was alone. His pack had moved to their high country rendezvous at Opal Creek accidentally leaving him behind to face the wild valley on his own. He was lost and frightened. His tiny howls attracted a grizzly and a mountain lion.

After facing many dangers during long days and longer nights, Alphie is rescued by an old wolf returning to the pack. Grandfather becomes Alphie's protector and teacher. Their meeting marks the beginning of a long friendship that weaves its way through all of the exciting adventures that Alphie experiences during his first year as a Yellowstone wolf pup.

Alphie, a Yellowstone wolf pup is a verbal map of the northern range of Yellowstone National Park. Beautifully rendered sketches fill in the details. The story introduces young readers to this special wilderness and wild places in general. Wandering the Lamar Valley, with book in hand, a reader should be able to locate Druid Peak, the Ledge Trail, the rendezvous site, Jasper Bench, Chalcedony Creek, as well as other landmakers in Alphie's Territory.

My Review: I've never visited Yellowstone, but this book so vividly depicts the wilderness that I feel I've been there. It's a timeless tale that will appeal to readers of all ages; the story of Alphie, a wolf pup who experiences his first year under the tutelage of his beloved Grandfather and all of the exciting adventures they have together. Of course, animal lover that I am, I had a lump in my throat at the end. I highly recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the beauty of nature and all things wild.

SOURCE: Review copy courtesy of the publisher.

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