Portions of this book are told in rhyme and it makes it really fun to read aloud. I like that the author used a variety of different animals to tell her story and that of the Goliath frog. The animal characters are compassionate and kind to one another and end up learning the lesson that everyone is not built the same way. I think this is an important lesson for children to learn, and the author does an exemplary job of showing rather than telling.
I am excited to add this to my children’s book collection and share it with my children. I would recommend this to anyone that has children in their life. I think this would be great for kids of all ages but specifically exciting for children in the 3 to 7 age groups.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher the Connecticut press.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing what you are? We all settle into our daily routines and after while they become second nature. I know that I don’t usually stop to think about everyday life much of the time. I just do what I do and keep moving forward. Still in moments like when I took this photo, the world slows for a brief while and I wonder, do each of us have a calling and how do we know if we have reached out and taken what is supposed to be ours? When I am not behind a book, my goal is to photograph the world. I have never claimed to be very good at it, but I do like my camera and I have an awful lot of fun doing it. What do you like to do when you aren’t at your day job? Would love to hear your thoughts.
Wolves. We love them, idolize them, and are fascinated by them. We also hate them, fear them, and blame them. The wolf’s relationship with humans is complex and can be emotionally wrought, depending on whether one is a hunter, rancher, or animal lover.
“Wolves in the Land of Salmon” is nature writing at its best. Vivid imagery and a sense of wonder bring the text alive and help the reader understand exactly what it means to be a wolf. David Moskowitz’s training as a wildlife tracker gives him insider knowledge he generously shares with the hope that with greater understanding comes new perspective.
The daring photography provides the first significant portrait of these charismatic animals west of the Cascades and the British Columbia Coast Range. His accounts of young wolves at play, and the stories that shed light on the psychological power wolves have across cultures and generations, make this a true wilderness adventure.–Description from Goodreads
Wolves in the Land of Salmon has some of the most beautiful and alluring nature photography I have ever seen in a book of this style. The photos are so clear and amazing that you get a real sense of these animals in their natural habitat.
The book opens with a personal story from the author and helps you to understand why he chose his career path and what it means to him. I found this was a nice way to make an introduction and ease into his subject matter.
While the primary focus of this book is on wolves and the salmon they use as prey items, it is also about so much more. This is an important account of the trials and fates that wolves suffer vying for food and a habitat amongst an increasingly populated human world. The author has taken the time to discuss the misconceptions of people about the species as a whole and to enlighten his readers about the direct threats from poaching, a shrinking habitat and disappearing food sources that wolves currently face.
From an ecology standpoint, this book has crucial information about many different varieties of wolves that the younger generations, in my opinion, should be aware of in order to conserve these wild animals. The passages in this book that touched me the most, were the ones about wolf conservation and understanding of the species and their needs.
I also found the photos of the wolf den sites to be particularly of interest, as I have run across them in my own travels and now understand much more about how they are utilized. The author has also included a very informative portion of the book about wolf metabolism and prey items, other than the salmon. I was not aware before reading this book that salmon was even on the menu of the wolf.
The Salmo Pack of Washington was discussed and I have been unable to locate much information on this particular group, so it was very exciting to read about them. The info on the Diamond pack was also interesting, although much easier to locate references for on the internet.
This book offers the reader a comprehensive look at wolves in many different regions and a glimpse at how they live and the adaptations they have had to make in order to survive. If you have ever been curious about where these beautiful animals originate from or what the current situation is for them, you should read this book.
I would recommend this to anyone with a love of nature, conservation, wolves or animals in general, but would highly recommend it for teachers that are in the field. I think students would benefit from the knowledge found in these pages.
I was grateful to have the opportunity to read this valuable book and share parts of it with my own children.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.
While we joke that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, our gender differences can’t compare to those of other animals. For instance: the male garden spider spontaneously dies after mating with a female more than fifty times his size. Female cichlids must guard their eggs and larvae–even from the hungry appetites of their own partners. And male blanket octopuses employ a copulatory arm longer than their own bodies to mate with females that outweigh them by four orders of magnitude. Why do these gender gulfs exist? Introducing readers to important discoveries in animal behavior and evolution, “Odd Couples” explores some of the most extraordinary sexual differences in the animal world. From the fields of Spain to the deep oceans, evolutionary biologist Daphne Fairbairn uncovers the unique and bizarre characteristics–in size, behavior, ecology, and life history–that exist in these remarkable species and the special strategies they use to maximize reproductive success. Fairbairn describes how male great bustards aggressively compete to display their gorgeous plumage and large physiques to watching, choosey females. She investigates why female elephant seals voluntarily live in harems where they are harassed constantly by eager males. And she reveals why dwarf male giant seadevils parasitically fuse to their giant female partners for life. Fairbairn also considers humans and explains that although we are keenly aware of our own sexual differences, they are unexceptional within the vast animal world.
Looking at some of the most amazing creatures on the planet, “Odd Couples” sheds astonishing light on what it means to be male or female in the animal kingdom.–Description from Goodreads
At first I was a little surprised that the speech the author chose to use was not more technical. She describes in a subsequent passage that she wanted her book to be accessible to everyone, from colleagues to those with a common curiosity on the subject. This impressed me greatly. While I appreciate authors with more than just a working knowledge of their subject matter, sometimes “experts” in their field can get a bit carried away with the proper scientific terms in their work and lose the reader’s interest. This book never does that. Whether you are a biology major or not, you won’t struggle to enjoy this book.
The author takes a gentle approach to breaking down the information in a way that is not only easy to understand, but also a lot of fun. Through the recounting of her own experiences with the species she has chosen to include in this work, we get more than a basic idea of the differences between the male and females in each species. She also chose to vary her subjects including both land, air and aquatic animals.
This book is written in a laid-back conversational tone that made it fun to read. The author’s observations are fascinating and offer the reader a wonderful base of information that they can then choose to study further and increase their knowledge from.
I was particularly interested in the sections of the book that covered sexual dichotomy and the differences in how species reproduce in such a vast array of ways. I was also very interested in the area of the book that highlighted the challenges of internal fertilization and chemical changes within the body of the female. I learned a lot of things I didn’t know prior to reading this book.
Even if biology has never been a major interest for you, this book is so much more than just science. The author has done an excellent job bringing information about the world around us together with her expertise, making for a well rounded and intelligent book that is also exciting. I appreciated the Darwinian viewpoint of evolution as I felt the straightforward approach to discussing differences between sexes was helpful and made the ideas easier to comprehend.
For all of us ladies out there who are tired of being accused of hogging the bathroom, it turns out the males in the animal kingdom are usually the more self-centered flamboyant ones! All joking aside, this is really a fun read and I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn something and have a good time while doing it.
This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.
So, this is my place.
All electronic devices (camera excluded)
This is the place where I go to really listen to the words in a book speak to me. It is here that I can go back to a simpler time, where there are no cell phones, no televisions, no emails, nothing but nature and the written word.
To escape to this place for a brief while is to remind myself what is important to me and what I wish to accomplish. There is something about the sound of the waves crashing on just the other side of this path, that makes me feel at home. Where the only sounds are nature living life and the pages of my chosen book rustling.
In this place, deadlines do not exist. The world around me is moving at a slower pace than usual and the simplest things, like dew drops on a leaf or a ladybug seem amazing. Somehow when I am here the books I read breathe with a new life. I wonder sometimes, if this will be heaven? Quiet natural beauty and an unlimited supply of books.
Where is your place?