51nakfqnq9l._sx332_bo1,204,203,200_In this compelling memoir, wildlife experts Jim and Jamie Dutcher, tell their fascinating story of living with a pack of wolves. They trade off narrating their unique experiences with these misunderstood creatures. It’s not a dry retelling of facts, and you come away with an appreciation and respect for wolves.

The story though goes much deeper as we learn about Jim and Jamie’s lives before a chance encounter brought them together. There are stories of how they became enamored with wildlife in their youth. We also get a peek at their careers—Jim as a film maker for National Geographic and Jamie caring for animals at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Their love of animals goes beyond wolves.

But this unique experiment in Idaho is the the heart of the book. In a large enclosure set up in the majestic Sawtooth Mountains, first Jim and then Jamie begin observing and living with a pack of wolves. The six-year adventure brings a deep understanding for themselves and now young readers. Wolves reputation as savage beasts is forever squashed by their tale.

A black and white picture begins each of the 14 chapters and many will have you smiling or staring at them in awe. An eight page spread of colored pictures show life at wolf camp and a yearbook style look at the over dozen wolves they came to know as family.

Running With Wolves is a book to celebrate and share. Be sure to checkout their website, Living with Wolves, where the mission statement will hopefully bring results:

Living with Wolves is a non-profit organization dedicated to engaging the public worldwide in education, outreach and research to promote truth and understanding about wolves, while encouraging coexistence and inspiring people to take action to protect them.

(I received a copy  of the book for my honest review)


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  1. mrsaruman says:

    Hi Greg,

    This looks wonderful – thank you. Hope all is well.

    Kevin Gerard – AWA Award Winning Author of the Diego’s Dragon children’s fantasy series

  2. I love to read stories about humans living and interacting with wildlife. It dispels a lot of myths about certain animals, like wolves. Kids will enjoy this!

  3. My local library has this on order and I have a copy reserved. It looks wonderful. Thanks for the heads up.

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