- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Walker & Co (Sept. 1 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802776027
- ISBN-13: 978-0802776020
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 99.8 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,483,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Scruffy Pb Paperback – Sep 1 2000
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-Award-winning photographer and nature writer Brandenburg chronicles the life of a young Arctic wolf. Nicknamed "Scruffy" for his disheveled appearance, the young wolf is shown interacting with his pack and struggling to establish himself within the hierarchical wolf family. As Scruffy begins to take care of some new wolf pups, readers are given a fascinating look at the social structure of these interesting animals. The text occasionally lapses into anthropomorphism in its attempt to give Scruffy's search for a place in the pack some human dimension. While some readers may be put off by references to human emotions and sensibilities, they're sure to find the stunning full-color photography and Scruffy's eventual acceptance compelling.
Ellen M. Riordan, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 2^-4. The author of the award-winning photo-essay To the Top of the World (1993), for an older audience, makes further use of his experiences living near and observing an Arctic wolf pack on Ellesmere Island. Here he focuses on the pack's weakest, lowest ranking member, Scruffy, so called because it was "by far the messiest." In plainspoken words, laced with obvious affection, he describes Scruffy's "goofy" ways, harsh treatment by others in the pack, and unsuccessful attempts to handle tasks that came easily to most of the others. He also describes Scruffy's special talent--nursemaid to wolf pups--and the behavioral changes the wolf experienced while handling its responsibilities. Brandenburg's photos, several of which are quite amazing, capture it all--Scruffy cowering and abject one moment, growling and fully in charge the next. It's the book's design that's disappointing. The text and neatly bordered, full-color pictures rest atop pale gray or gray-green paper imprinted with an overexposed photo (the same one seems to be used throughout), a technique that not only makes the text occasionally hard to read but also makes the pages seem busy and crowded. Still, there's much information, especially about animal hierarchy and the way nature tries to find a place for all. Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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But then a litter of pups is born; and when their mother needs a pup-sitter to watch them while she hunts, Scruffy steps up for the job. He turns out to be an expert caregiver and tutor, and he knows it; he shows his confidence by standing tall and "superior" when he's alone with the cubs. Scruffy now has an important place in the pack.
SCRUFFY contains compelling and thought-provoking photos and text. It's written for children, but teens and adults will also find it a great vehicle for discussions about group hierarchies, body language, or the confidence that comes when you find something in which to excel.