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Ian Wilson and Sally Wilson

Vancouver, Gordon Soules Book Publishers, 1989. 190pp, paper, $14.95
ISBN 0-919574-87-4. CIP

Grades 6 to 9/Ages 11 to 14
Reviewed by Hugh A. Cook.

Volume 18 Number 1
1990 January

Too often when a student researches an animal he/she concentrates on the visible features and well-known facts such as height, weight, colour and habitat. Ian and Sally zero in on an animal's habits within its habitat and how these are related. Their writing style, which includes their adventures, or should I say misadventures, makes readers feel they are right there with the authors sharing their joys and problems.

The nineteen animals in this book are those that breed in Canada's far north. Probably some of the most exciting and dangerous moments for the authors occurred when they were with the hoofed animals, especially during the rutting season. On the opposite end of the scale, probably the safest and most relaxing times were spent with the pika, marmots and birds as they darted from one place to the next in their constant search for food.

Ian and Sally's occupation appears to be a labour of love. Their writings express a keen knowledge of the animals they have photographed.

This type of book should be a required source when students are as­signed an animal to research. A book of this type draws the student into an appreciation of the animal's role in the chain of life and should lead to a better understanding of why we must endeav­our to maintain all of this world's creatures.

There are sixty-five black-and-white sketches or photographs and twenty-one colour pictures. A table of contents and index help make this book a valued research addition to any library.

Hugh A. Cook, Maple, Ont.
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