Running with Wolves: Our Story of Life with the Sawtooth Pack (Hardcover)
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Discover the wonder of wolves from Emmy-award winning filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher as they tell their story of the six years they watched, learned about, and lived with the Sawtooth wolf pack.
Adventure, friendship, and family come together in this riveting memoir as two award-winning filmmakers take you through the experience of the years they spent living in the wild with a real-life wolf pack. Jim and Jamie set out to show the world that instead of fearsome beasts, wolves are social, complex, and incredible creatures that deserve our protection. Deep in the mountain wilderness of Idaho, they set up Wolf Camp, where they spent years capturing the emotional, exciting, and sometimes heartbreaking story of their pack.
Meet Kamots, the fearless leader. Learn from wise Matsi. Explore the forest with shy Lakota. And watch as adorable pups grow from silly siblings to a devoted pack. See how these brave wolves overcome all odds, battling mountain lions and frigid temperatures. Most of all, discover the surprising kindness, compassion, and devotion that Jim and Jamie discovered by living with wolves.
About the Author
For more than 20 years, JIM AND JAMIE DUTCHER have been documenting wolf behavior. They spent six years living in a camp near Idaho's Sawtooth Wilderness, intimately observing a three-generation wolf pack. Their unprecedented experiences resulted in Emmy award-winning prime-time documentaries. They are the authors of four other books for adults and children from National Geographic, including The Wisdom of Wolves, Hidden Life of Wolves, A Friend for Lakota, and Living With Wolves! They run a foundation, Living with Wolves, whose mission is to protect and educate the world about wolves.
School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW
«DUTCHER, Jim & Jamie Dutcher with Glen Phalen. Running with Wolves: Our Story of Life with the Sawtooth Pack. photos by Jim and Jamie Dutcher. 160p. National Geographic. Jan. 2019. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781426333583.
Gr 4 Up–Documentary filmmakers Jim and Jamie Dutcher write about their six-plus years living among the Sawtooth Pack of wolves of central Idaho. Not content to study the wolves’ living conditions and habits from afar, the Dutchers set up camp within the 25-acre enclosure they created to more thoroughly understand wolf behavior. Their impeccable preparation paid off as they witnessed the wolves in an unprecedented up-close and hands-on manner. The writing is clear, concise, often riveting, and at times heartbreaking. The Dutchers’ joy and astonishment are palpable, as is the humans’ and wolves’ mutual respect. The couple make informative observations about the pack’s social hierarchy, sleeping and eating habits, and more. Playful, family-oriented, competitive, sensitive, and, above all, compassionate, wolves are very humanlike, the authors note. An eight-page color photo insert supplement the fascinating text. VERDICT Not just for animal lovers, this well-written, engaging book will appeal to a wide array of middle grade readers.–Melissa Kazan, Horace Mann School, NY
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