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In this breezy volume, Thayer, whose previous book chronicled her successful solo trek to the North Pole at age 50, recounts the year that she spent in the Yukon and Arctic wilderness following packs of wolves with her husband, Bill, and their part-wolf dog, Charlie. Like Farley Mowat and others before her, Thayer (Polar Dream) is motivated by a desire to study the behavior that wolves won’t reveal when they’re kept in captivity, particularly the "food-sharing habits they have with land-bound animals, such as grizzlies and ravens." The wilderness project relies heavily on the talents of Charlie, who acts as a canine go-between that both guides and protects his owners as they cautiously make their way closer and closer to a wolf pack. Thayer and her husband copy Charlie’s behavior to transform themselves from threatening humans to submissive, wolf-like strangers. They eat a vegetarian diet and try to minimize their presence as they follow the wolves on hunting expeditions in a cold, forbidding world. Suspenseful encounters with bitter storms and fearsome grizzlies are tempered by calmer moments with romping pups and breathtaking scenery. While the subject matter is not new, Thayer’s smooth prose style moves the story along, and the inclusion of Charlie as a main focus adds a new twist to the first-person nature narrative.
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Explorer and adventurer Thayer (who has trekked the North Pole, the Sahara Desert, and Antarctica), along with her husband and husky-wolf dog, Charlie, decided to live close to wild wolves in Canada. They would study the wolves' food-sharing habits with grizzly bears and ravens during the summer and with polar bears and foxes during the winter. As the couple approached a spring wolf den, camping closer each day, they found that Charlie was their key to acceptance by the wolves. By following his lead and observing his reactions to the obvious interest of the resident pack, they convinced the wolves that they were harmless. What followed was an intimate six months with the pack. Charlie marked a territory around their tent that the wolves respected, but the pups crossed this boundary to get the dog to play with them. This unusual combination of adventure travel and the study of animal behavior is a diverting read and will find a wide audience. Nancy Bent
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570614792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570614798
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I collect books about wolves. This book is different with a new perspective both fascinating and informative.The author, explorer Helen Thayer,her explorer husband, and their Inuit dog Charlie of the best selling book, "Polar Dream" fame,(the author's book about her first ever by a woman to walk alone to the magnetic North Pole)lived a year with wild wolves above the Arctic Circle summer and winter. The author tells us "it would have been impossible without Charlie.He was the bridge we needed to cross the gap that allowed us to live alongside wolves and share their lives."
Charlie, part wolf, was quickly accepted. His human pack was accepted shortly afterward. The affectionate nature of wolves, their interaction with other animal species, even polar bears, that's not well documented elsewhere, is truly enlightening. The escapades of the mishievious pups are adorable as is their care and teaching by the adults.
The amusing episodes, the highly emotional times and the valuable information makes this book a winner. Beautifully written, vivid description, allows the reader to share this amazing and unique experience.
The reader soon knows each wolf, its personality, and its role in family life as if the reader were right there with the author.
A true winner in wolf literature.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tom Bruce on February 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is my second literary experience with Helen Thayer and her dog Charlie following her 2002 book "Polar Dream," in which the pair join together as Ms. Thayer became the first woman (and oldest person at 50) to walk and ski solo (not counting Charlie) to the Magnetic North Pole. In this adventure her husband Bill joins the pair as they spend a year living with wolves in the wild above the Arctic Circle. It's easy to see why the National Geographic Society/National Public Radio has named Ms. Thayer one of the great explorers of the 20th Century. Her stamina and perseverance are phenomenal. The trio infiltrates the Richardson Mountains in Canada's Yukon Territory in search of the greatest villains in all of children's literature. After struggling through most difficult terrains, they come upon a family of wolves and spend months living in a tent within the animals' sight studying the social interplay of these beasts. Completing this phase of their adventure, they sadly leave this family and trek further north into the shifting and dangerous ice of Beaufort Sea to discover the wintertime interplay between wolves and polar bears, considered by many to be the most dangerous of all wild animals. After this near-death adventure, they ski back to the Mackenzie Delta and set up housekeeping next to another group of wolves. The hardships and danger the three faces on a daily basis are amazing to contemplate. The payoff from this book is two-fold. First, the scientific data discovered for the first time. But maybe more importantly is the realization that these creatures are truly magnificent and caring individuals, and anyone who reads this book with an open mind will forever despise hunters who slaughter entire packs by shooting them from low flying airplanes. Ms.Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A true story of two people, their wolf-dog and their amazing adventures with wild wolves in Canada's far north tundra and frozen ocean.
Helen Thayer, a recipient of many awards and honored by the White House, is a veteran world wide explorer over many years. She and her husband explore the world's remote places seeking material to add to their highly successful educational programs which I and fellow educators nationwide use in classrooms.
Her writing and lectures have inspired people of all ages in many countries. I had the pleasure of meeting this dynamic 66 year old, five feet two inch woman after she spoke at a national corporate convention in Florida.
This is a true life experience of living among wild wolf packs in which Charlie, her Inuit dog who once saved her life from a polar bear attack, is the story's star. Just as POLAR DREAM was, this new book is well written with vivid description that takes you on this remarkable journey. This very different approach to wolf study is a welcome addition to our knowledge of these animals. We see the close relationship of many species of animals sharing wild wolf habitat, and at times depending on each other.
Her first book, POLAR DREAM, tells of her adventure with Charlie when she became the first woman to walk alone pulling her own sled without dog teams or snowmobiles to the Magnetic North Pole.
This exciting story and THREE AMONG THE WOLVES are on the same informative, page turning level. The observation of wild wolf family life, their ability to adjust their survival skills, the raising of the pups and even the concern over an injured family member show close observation and remarkable intuitive understanding of wolf behavior.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Forecast on May 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Enjoyed this book very much. A touching story about the very misunderstood lives of wolves. Highly recommend this book if you care at all about wildlife and adventure living.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By susan katz on October 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was a fantastic read and I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves animals and nature. This book is very informative and flows along like any well paced memoir. I was fascinated by the relationship that Helen and her husband, along with their dog Charlie, developed with the pack of wolves they camped by. Their dog Charlie comes across as one of the world's most awesome pets - respected by wolves and adored by humans. I found the insights on the dog/wolves relationship very interesting. To be able to gain the trust of a pack of wolves is no small thing. This book also talks about the aerial hunting of wolves and it only cemented my view of how wrong that is. I think this would be a great book to give to young adults. I plan to give this to my nephews for Christmas this year and I know that they will be as awed as I was by the stories in this book.
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