Product Description The sweet tale of Lakota, the shy wolf pup, is sure to touch the heart of any animal lover. Readers will marvel at Lakota's strength growing up as the lowest-ranking and frequently picked-on member of a wolf pack until he finally finds that supportive and nurturing friend he's always wanted. The book also introduces young readers to the need for conservation awareness: through Lakota's life story, readers will come to understand the many challenges wolves in the wild face today. From School Library Journal K-Gr 3âThis is a book with an unexpected mission. While at first glance it appears to be a standard National Geographic animal title, it also tackles the topic of bullying. Lakota is the omega cub of an Idaho wolf litter who grows up to be a strong pack member with the help of Matsi, the beta cub, who protects and stands up for his brother. The authors adopted this cub pack and protected them in a natural reserve, observing and photographing them over six years. In addition to gaining insights about wolves, readers see how important an "upstander" can be to a victim of bullyingâeven in nature. The story is simple but works on many levels, and the photographs are stunning. The authors also provide background on their research and offer additional resources about wolves and bullying. VERDICT A useful title for most libraries.âDorcas Hand, Annunciation Orthodox School, Houston, TX Review "Captivating, full-color photography illustrates this inspirational story of animal friendship, highly recommended for wolf aficionados of all ages." â Midwest Book Review "Although this is a book about studying and understanding wolf behavior, elementary schools would do well to adopt it to use as a springboard for discussions about human bullying...Â This book is highly recommended for early elementary classrooms." â Picture Book DepotÂ . About the Author JIM & JAMIE DUTCHER lived in a tented camp in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains among a pack of wolves, observing and documenting rarely seen social behavior. Their time spent living with the Sawtooth Pack led to three documentary films, three Emmy Awards, and the founding of a ground-breaking organization, Living wth Wolves. The Hidden Life of Wolves was published by National Geographic in 2013.