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The Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons From the Sawtooth Pack

by Jamie Dutcher Jim Dutcher

From the world-famous couple who lived alongside a three-generation wolf pack, this book of inspiration, drawn from the wild, will fascinate animal and nature lovers alike.For six years Jim and Jamie Dutcher lived intimately with a pack of wolves, gaining their trust as no one has before. In this book the Dutchers reflect on the virtues they observed in wolf society and behavior. Each chapter exemplifies a principle, such as kindness, teamwork, playfulness, respect, curiosity, and compassion. Their heartfelt stories combine into a thought-provoking meditation on the values shared between the human and the animal world. Occasional photographs bring the wolves and their behaviors into absorbing focus.

The Wise Blackbird

by Ann Gadzikowski

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Wish

by Joseph Monninger

Bee's brother, Tommy, knows everything there is to know about sharks. He also knows that his life will be cut short by cystic fibrosis. And so does Bee. That's why she wants to make his wish-foundation-sponsored trip to swim with a great white shark an unforgettable memory. But wishes don't always come true. At least, not as expected. Only when Bee takes Tommy to meet a famous shark attack survivor and hard-core surfer does Tommy have the chance to live one day to the fullest. And in the sun-kissed ocean off a California beach, Bee discovers that she has a few secret wishes of her own. . . . From the Hardcover edition.

Wish

by Barbara O'Connor

A touching story about a girl and her dog, perfect for young animal lovers <P><P>Eleven-year-old Charlie Reese has been making the same secret wish every day since fourth grade. She even has a list of all the ways there are to make the wish, such as cutting off the pointed end of a slice of pie and wishing on it as she takes the last bite. But when she is sent to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to live with family she barely knows, it seems unlikely that her wish will ever come true. That is until she meets Wishbone, a skinny stray dog who captures her heart, and Howard, a neighbor boy who proves surprising in lots of ways. Suddenly Charlie is in serious danger of discovering that what she thought she wanted may not be what she needs at all. <P><P>From award-winning author Barbara O'Connor comes a middle-grade novel about a girl who, with the help of a true-blue friend, a big-hearted aunt and uncle, and the dog of her dreams, unexpectedly learns the true meaning of family in the least likely of places. This title has Common Core connections.

A Wish To Be a Christmas Tree

by Colleen Monroe

Feeling sad because no one chooses it as a Christmas tree, a bedraggled forest pine discovers the importance of being appreciated all year long. A Wish to be a Christmas Tree has become a holiday favorite of children and adults alike. When a towering evergreen realizes he is much too big to ever be chosen as a family's Christmas tree he is heartbroken. But his forest friends remind him what a gift he is to them every day of the year. The story captures the true spirit of the holiday--and has been capturing the imagination of readers since its publication. Fans include Katie Couric, who read the book on the Today show's Christmas day airing, and Mitch Albom (author of The First Phone Call from Heaven). who narrated an animated special of A Wish to be a Christmas Tree for PBS. Pictures are described.

The Wish-Tree

by John Ciardi Glanzman S. Louis

A little boy who's about to turn six years old is thinking about cake and toys and the best birthday gift of all, a puppy. Daddy tells him to look for a Wish-Tree, on the bark of which is engraved TAKECAREOFYOURWISH. The boy falls asleep as he ponders his father's advice, and he dreams of a Wish-Tree, with a trunk as big as a house and so tall that the sky had to bump up to get over the top of it.A remarkable adventure follows, involving the limitless nature of wishing and responsibility. Written by the noted teacher and poet John Ciardi, this fanciful tale is filled with inventive, dreamlike drawings by Louis S. Glanzman, illustrator of the Pippi Longstocking books.

Wish Upon a Star (Puppy Princess #3)

by Patty Furlington

Who says princesses have to be perfect? Princess Rosie is in charge of organizing the Royal Talent Show! With all of Petrovia rehearsing their talents, Rosie couldn't be busier. But this year's extra special because Rosie's favorite pop star, Bella Fierece, is judging! She's a real star, not like Rosie, who's too scared to perform with her best friend, Cleo.As the big day approaches, Cleo might need Rosie's help after all. Can Rosie overcome her stage fright and let her inner star shine?

Wish upon a Starfish

by Debbie Dadey Tatevik Avakyan

Pearl is excited to make a splash on stage--but she's in for some drama in this Mermaid Tales adventure.Pearl has always dreamed of being famous: the star-studded stage, the sea flowers, the applause! So when she finds out that her third grade class is performing The Little Human, she just knows she'll get the leading role. Especially since world-renowned merstar Angelfish Molie is judging the tryouts! But in a shocking turn of events, Pearl's best friend, Wanda, gets cast as the little human instead...and Pearl is stuck playing the stinky sea witch. Pearl can't believe her best friend would steal her dream role from her. After Pearl tries--and fails--to get Wanda to trade parts, she decides to quit the play. Are Pearl's dreams of being a sea star doomed? And can she and Wanda patch up their friendship before it goes up in bubbles?

Wish You Were Here (Mrs. Murphy Mystery #1)

by Rita Mae Brown Sneaky Pie Brown

Mrs. Murphy, a cat, and Tee Tucker, a Welsh corgi, help Mary Minot Haristeen Harry) find out who's killing citizens in their town and why.

Wisher and the Noisy Crows (Railway Rabbits #10)

by Georgie Adams Anna Currey

Meet the Railway Rabbits! Join the irrepressible Longears family as they get in and out of scrapes, meet new friends, and perform daring rescues. But Burdock the buzzard and the terrifying Red Dragon, are always on the lookout for naughty rabbits who stray too far from home...A family of noisy crows keeps everyone awake, until Wisher has a bright idea.Heartwarming, hilarious, with Anna Currey's charming illustrations, this is a brilliant new animal adventure series from a best selling children's author.

Wishing with Pennies

by Cynthia Swain Laurence Knighton David Haggerty

In this book, animals make wishes by putting pennies in a fountain.

Wishtree

by Katherine Applegate

<P>Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"--people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this "wishtree" watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red's experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever. <P>This book has Common Core connections. <P><b>A New York Times Bestseller</b>

Wishweaver (Tales of Whimsy)

by J. H. Winter

...A unique take on the "genie in a bottle" story... —School Library JournalIn the forests of Weyburn, there had always been a Wishweaver—a spider with the magic to grant wishes. However, for many years now, wishes have gone unanswered. But why? That is the question an orb spider named Whimsy is determined to answer. With the help of her milkweed wisp friend, Flit, Whimsy will go on a journey to the old Wishweaver Oak in search of clues to solve the mystery, but the answers she seeks are buried deep in Weyburn's past.

Wishworks, Inc.

by Stephanie S. Tolan Amy June Bates

The best dog story you could wish for! Max is handling his parents' divorce, his new home and school, and a big bully named Nick the only way he knows how: by running away in his head. Through his imagination, he and his wonderful dog King have thrilling adventures; they conquer aliens and slay dragons; they embarrass Nick so he never comes near Max again. If only King were real . . . Then Max happens upon a store called Wishworks, Inc., which promises his wish will come true in real life, "guaranteed." He wishes for a real dog like King to fulfill all his dreams. And then a real dog named Goldie appears on his doorstep . . . but she may be a little more real than Max expects!

The Wit and Wisdom of Gracie

by Gracie Davis

Lessons in life, love, and running in packs--from one remarkable pugThe first thing Gracie remembers is being at the bottom of a big pile of other dogs, scrambling as hard as she could to get a taste of her mother's milk. Life is sweet, but life--as always--has to change. One day, a friendly new woman picks Gracie up in her arms, hugging her so tightly it seems she will never let go. This is Gracie's new mommy, who has come to take this headstrong young pug on the adventure of a lifetime.Gracie moves to a new house, which is ruled with an iron paw by a no-nonsense feline named Aretha. Gracie is descended from wolves, and she knows enough about her ancestors to understand that not every critter gets to run the pack. Everyone in this little family has their part to play, and Gracie is determined to be the best pug she can be--no matter what life throws her way!

The Witch of Hissing Hill

by Mary Calhoun

A witch who raises prize wicked cats for other witches is disgraced when one of the cats is born different from the others with a mind of its own. This is the story of a witch's transformation through the antics of her unusual cat.

The Witch Who Couldn't Order In

by Andrea L. Mack

When Leona Iona Druckspeller's magic wand breaks, she and her black cat, Harrison, have to go shopping. Leona had been planning on ordering in. Why store food when you can have anything you want with a flick of the wrist?

The Witches of Worm

by Zilpha Keatley Snyder Alton Raible

Cats. Jessica's never liked them. Especially not a skinny, ugly kitten that looks like a worm. Worm. Jessica wishes she'd never brought Worm home with her, because now he's making her do terrible things. She's sure she isn't imagining the evil voice coming from the cat, telling her to play mean tricks on people. But how can she explain what's happening? <P><P> Witches. Jessica has read enough books to know that Worm must be a witch's cat. He's cast a spell on her, but whom can she turn to? After all, no one will believe that Worm has bewitched her...or worse!<P> Newbery Medal Honor book

The Witch's Revenge

by D. A. Nelson

Two months after she saved the Eye of Lornish, a large white stone that prevents the magical kingdom of Mor from being discovered, Morag is adjusting to life in the secret northern kingdom. But dark dreams trouble her, and a series of unsolved robberies proves that even with the protection of her friends--Shona the dragon, Bertie the dodo, and Aldiss the rat--Morag is still not safe.From the Hardcover edition.

The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams

by Rhonda Hayter

Abbie Adams and her family come from a long line of witches, and she's having a tough time keeping it a secret from her best friend and the rest of her school, especially the day her little brother morphs into a wolf and tries to eat his teacher. That's also the day her father brings home a kitten. But when Abbie looks into the kitten's eyes, she realizes there's a boy in there! He's under a spell and soon the whole family bands together to rescue him. They are shocked to realize he's none other than the young Thomas Edison, and if they don't save him fast, he'll never change the world with his inventions.

With Dogs at the Edge of Life

by Colin Dayan

In this original and provocative book, Colin Dayan tackles head-on the inexhaustible world, at once tender and fierce, of dogs and humans. We follow the tracks of dogs in the bayous of Louisiana, the streets of Istanbul, and the humane societies of the United States, and in the memories and myths of the humans who love them. Dayan reorients our ethical and political assumptions through a trans-species engagement that risks as much as it promises. She makes a powerful case for questioning what we think of as our deepest-held beliefs and, with dogs in the lead, unsettles the dubious promises of liberal humanism.Moving seamlessly between memoir, case law, and film, Dayan takes politics and animal studies in a new direction—one that gives us glimpses of how we can think beyond ourselves and with other beings. Her unconventional perspective raises hard questions and renews what it means for any animal or human to live in the twenty-first century. Nothing less than a challenge for us to confront violence and suffering even in the privileged precincts of modernity, this searing and lyrical book calls for another way to think the world. Theoretically sophisticated yet aimed at a broad readership, With Dogs at the Edge of Life illuminates how dogs—and their struggles—take us beyond sentimentality and into a form of thought that can make a difference to our lives.

Without a Tear: OUR TRAGIC RELATIONSHIP WITH ANIMALS

by Mark H. Bernstein

Beginning with our most cherished moral belief- that it is wrong to intentionally and gratuitously inflict harm upon the innocent- many of our most common practices involving animals stand in need of drastic revision. In Without a Tear Mark H. Bernstein begins with one of our most common and cherished moral beliefs: that it is wrong to intentionally and gratuitously inflict harm on the innocent. Over the course of the book, he shows how this apparently innocuous commitment requires that we drastically revise many of our most common practices involving nonhuman animals. Most people who write about our ethical obligations concerning animals base their arguments on emotional appeals or contentious philosophical assumptions. baggage. He considers the issues in a religious context, where he finds that Judaism in particular has the resources to ground moral obligations to animals. Without a Tear also makes novel use of feminist ethics to add to the case for drawing animals more closely into our ethical world. Bernstein details the realities of factory farms, animal-based research, and hunting fields, and contrasting these chilling facts with our moral imperatives clearly shows the need for fundamental changes to some of our most basic animal institutions. The tightly argued, provocative claims in Without a Tear will be an eye-opening experience for animal lovers, scholars, and people of good faith everywhere.

The Wizard's Dog

by Eric Kahn Gale

“A magical story full of humor and heart.” —Katherine Applegate, Newbery-winning author of The One and Only Ivan For fans of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom comes an offbeat, comedic spin on the Excalibur legend told from the point of view of a talking dog who wants to be a magician! Meet Nosewise. He’s spunky. He’s curious. And he’s a dog who can’t understand why his pack mates Merlin and Morgana spend all day practicing magic tricks. If it’s a trick they want, he’s the dog to ask! He can already Sit!, Stay!, and Roll Over! But there’s no way Nosewise is Stay!ing when his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped. There’s nothing Nosewise won’t do to get Merlin back, even if it means facing the strange Fae people and their magic-eating worms, or tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone. But it may take more than sniffing out a spell to do it! Nosewise’s hilarious escapades and steadfast loyalty get him and his companions through King Arthur’s Dark Ages."The Wizard's Dog casts a captivating spell as it carries readers on a quest of legendary proportions. A magical story full of humor and heart." —Katherine Applegate

The Wizard's Dog Fetches the Grail

by Eric Kahn Gale

For fans of The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom comes an offbeat, comedic spin on the Holy Grail legend as told by the lovable Nosewise--talking dog and wizard-in-training!The magical realm of Avalon has gone to the dogs--well, one dog. Nosewise, the hilarious talking pup and wizard-in-training, can wield powers untold...but he has yet to master the powerful sword Excalibur. This dog still has some new tricks to learn.But Lord Oberon's evil worms threaten to eat all magic in existence. Nosewise and his pack, the street urchin Arthur, the sorceress Morgana, and his beloved master Merlin, must find the Holy Grail, the one item that can save them all. The only problem: the goblet is hidden in the legendary castle of Camelot--which has been missing for centuries! Worse, Queen Mab, sovereign of dreams, is planning havoc of her own. As naps turn to nightmares, Nosewise will have to rely on his smarts and his snout, or the dog days will be over! Popular author Eric Kahn Gale returns with a fast-paced fantasy adventure that stands out from the pack!

Wobble the Witch Cat

by Mary Calhoun

What could be worse than a witch cat who couldn't ride on a broomstick? When Maggie the witch got a new broomstick, it was too slippery for Wobble, who became quite cross. Maggie comes up with a surprising solution!

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