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Children's Nonfiction Mammals

Welcome to the World of Wolverines

by (author) Diane Swanson

Whitecap Books
Initial publish date
Mar 2011
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2011
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Discover these fascinating and elusive creatures. The wolverine is a fierce predator that tends to hunt in only the most remote wilderness areas. A relative of the mink, this dog-sized animal is capable of hunting deer or caribou and can drive a cougar from its kill. It can bite through bones with its powerful jaws or sniff out a field mouse, even under deep snow. The wolverine is a shy animal that tries to avoid contact with humans. Its population has decreased because of low birth rates and human settlements. Recognized as endangered, wolverines are considered a rare and vulnerable species. About the series : Through full color wildlife photography and engaging text, Diane Swanson continues her acclaimed Welcome to the World of... series, which contains nearly 30 titles and inspires, fascinates and educates children.

About the author

Diane Swanson has been researching and writing nature books for children for over 25 years. Her work has been recognized with many awards, including the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. Her titles have been regularly selected for the “our choice” list by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. A frequent guest speaker at conferences on nature for kids, she lives in Victoria, B.C.

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Welcome to the World of Wolverines

Putting down dung and ooze from scent glands to leave signals is one of the many facts about the wolverine presented in this volume. The wolverine is the strongest mammal for its size. It is sometimes mistaken for a bear cub with its little eyes, rounded ears and boxy snouts. It is a fierce animal that commonly eats kill from other animals, but is capable of providing its own food. It snacks on berries, roots, eggs and hunts small animals. In winter it hunts larger animals that become stuck in the snow. The chapters provide a description of the animal and information on habitat, communication and newborns. Unique to this book is “World of the Scavenger” chapter. Each double-page layout has at least one large colour photograph. There is an informative sidebar with related facts in each chapter.

The author has been recognized with many awards, including the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2007-2008.

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