The Wolves Are Back. READ-ALOUD.

INFO:  George, Jean.  The Wolves are Back.  2008

DESC:  This book tells the story of how, over a century ago, wolves were persecuted in the United States and nearly became extinct. Gradually reintroduced, they are thriving again in the West, much to the benefit of the ecosystem. This book will teach a new generation to appreciate the grace, dignity, and value of wolves as it promotes awareness of the environment’s delicate balance.

TAGS:  Highland Park, Read-Aloud, Nature, Eco-system, Wolves, Animals, Nature

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Turtle Crossing. READ-ALOUD.

INFO:  Chrustowski, Rick.  Turtle Crossing.  2006

DESC:  Five years after a female painted turtle hatches from her shell, she is ready to lay eggs of her own. This is a dangerous task because there is a road between her and the perfect nesting site. She starts to cross, but a huge car is hurtling her way. It stops just in time, and the kind people help her to safety.

TAGS:  Highland Park, Read-Aloud, Nature, Reproduction, Cars, Animals, Turtles

John Muir: Making the Mountains Glad. M.

INFO: Pollard, Lauren Ray. John Muir: Making the Mountains Glad. M. 1998

DESC: This book tells the story of John Muir, an explorer of the United States. John Muir’sdiscovery land and his concern for that land led to the protection and creation of the National Parks system.

TAGS: John Muir, National Parks, nature, protecting wildlife. Explorer, M, Richard Avenue

Shiloh. R.

INFO: Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds. Shiloh. R. 1991.

DESC: This heart-wrenching story is a hard-hitting tale of a young boy named Marty who falls in love with an abused, neglected beagle – who just so happens to belong to Judd Travers. It’s a story of compassion, bravery, and, ultimately, standing up for what you believe in, even if nobody else does. More than that, it’s an evocative and complex portrait of life in an impoverished mountain town in West Virginia, and the ties that hold the community together. Perfect for 3rd graders edging up into deeper and more mature reading material – and for anyone with a heart for animals! Written in West Virginia dialect — or the author’s approximation thereof.

TAGS: family, west virginia, dogs, animal abuse, bravery, courage, poverty, rural living, mountains, nature, determination, compassion, animal welfare, pets, chapter, fiction, R