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Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator Hardcover – May 1 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (May 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590785541
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590785546
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,106,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Sure to encourage early readers and listeners to explore their own backyards for similarly wondrous creatures." --Kirkus Reviews

"Even the glossary is fun, with words ranging from cannibal and mollusc to mucus and slug. . . . Will help youngsters discover exciting nature in their own backyards and help them understand the role of predators in the natural cycle." --Booklist

"lt is hard to imagine suspense and drama in a book about the lowly wolfsnail, but this book delivers just that. . . . A unique look at the miniature world of a small predator." --Library Media Connection

About the Author

Sarah Campbell is a writer and photographer with degrees in journalism from Northwestern University and years of journalism experience. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi, with her husband, Richard, and three sons.

Richard Campbell is an executive vice president of a financial institution in Jackson, Mississippi. In his spare time, he is a partner in creative pursuits with his wife, Sarah, specializing in photography, design, and technology.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9defe0cc) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9db0e2c4) out of 5 stars Slimy, Slithery, but Interesting May 11 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I usually read mysteries and Garfield comics, so I wasn't sure if I would like this book. When I looked at the cover, I thought it was going to be just boring facts about snails. But it turned out it was an exciting story and I learned cool things about wolfsnails. The pictures show just what wolfsnails do, and they get right up in the wolfsnail's face. I think the photos were excellent. I recommend this book for anybody who wants to read a neat story about wolfsnails.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d8cd21c) out of 5 stars Euglandia rosea is voracious, and a menace when relocated... May 14 2008
By R S Cobblestone - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A "day in the life" of a cannibal snail or wolfsnail, Euglandia rosea, is the topic of this children's book. Authors and photographers Sarah and Richard Campbell bring this day to life with clear text and crisp photos.

What is this Euglandia searching for? "The wolfsnail eats meat" (p. 9), and by meat, the authors mean other snails and slugs, hence the "cannibal snail" moniker.

The search is on for prey, and "The wolfsnail leaves behind an empty shell" (p. 24). It's then off to a safe hiding place to rest until another day.

Pages 30 and 31 contain facts and factoids about Euglandia, and page 32 is a glossary of "snail words" (vocabulary used throughout the text and the descriptions of its natural history).

The text and story is written for both pre-readers (children being read to) and readers probably to the 2-4 grade level. The factoid pages are more sophisticated.

The Campbells write "State agricultural officials in Hawaii imported wolfsnails in 1955 to try to control another invader, the giant African snail [imported illegally for starting a food snail industry], which was eating farmers' crops. But the wolfsnails ate native Hawaiian snails instead. Wolfsnails have wiped out many of the native snail species" (p. 31).

The native snail species on Oahu (genus Achatinella) are all listed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) as endangered. The FWS states "The most serious threats to the survival of O`ahu tree snails are predation by the introduced carnivorous snail (Euglandina rosea), predation by rats, and loss of habitat due to the spread of nonnative vegetation into higher elevation forests." Half the species are now extinct.

One of my relatives introduced Euglandia rosea to Oahu from Florida, and received accolades from all for combatting the giant African snail. Sadly, Achatinella snails were not on the radar screen as a concern at the time. We should be wary of all current relocations and introductions for all species, since what seems to make sense today may be a model of folly tomorrow.
HASH(0x9d8cd3f0) out of 5 stars An enlightening, slithery read July 26 2009
By Lori Calabrese "Children's Books Examiner" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Whoever thought that a snail could be a backyard predator? In Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator, the Campbells enlighten young readers (and older alike!) about this predator who stalks its prey, uses its tentacles to search for food, then grabs its victims and eats them, leaving their empty shells behind. The Wolfsnail then finds a safe hiding place to rest until tomorrow.

This is a wonderful book to teach young readers about predators. The photos follow a wolfsnail's entire day and we learn that the wolfsnail eats meat--meaning other snails and slugs. Learn how the wolfsnail was brought into Hawaii to control the population of the giant African snail, but instead ended up eating native Hawaiian snails instead. Because of it, wolfsnails have wiped out many of Hawaii's native snail species.

The back matter includes a photo of the tiny wolfsnail true to size and has a list of amazing facts to fill you in on even more details of the Wolfsnail. There's also a glossary to fulfill your need for everything 'snail.'
HASH(0x9d8c88a0) out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to the wonders of natural life that can be found in an ordinary backyard. July 11 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator is a children's picturebook about the fascinating wolfsnail, a carnivorous mollusk that hunts and eats snails and slugs. Striking, full-color photographs of an actual wolfsnail on the hunt illustrate this amazing and educational story. The final three pages include more snail facts (including the tragic tale of how the wolfsnail was imported to Hawaii to combat another invading snail, but ate native Hawaiian snails instead) and a glossary of snail words. An excellent introduction to the wonders of natural life that can be found in an ordinary backyard.
HASH(0x9d8c9b38) out of 5 stars Munchables! April 8 2013
By Robert Beveridge - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Sarah C. Campbell, Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator (Boyds Mills Press, 2008)

A book that manages to be just-the-facts-ma'am in tone and yet still somewhat anthropomorphic, Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator proved to be a little too advanced for the bean (currently at seventeen months), but not too far out. The page-sized photographs are lovely, if nothing special, and the text should be perfect for kids who love watching nature docos on the National Geographic channel; this is the same, just on a mirco scale. ***