Abel And The Wolf

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When the time came for Abel to make his own way in the world, his parents gave him some parting gifts ? a walking stick, a knife, a large pot, some herbs and seeds, and a book with golden letters. With these, Abel sets off, traveling for many days. He finally settles down, building himself a house and planting a garden in a clearing in the forest. But the forest belongs to a wolf ? an angry and jealous wolf who watches Abel's every move and deviously plots to attack him and steal everything he owns. How Abel uses...

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Overview

When the time came for Abel to make his own way in the world, his parents gave him some parting gifts — a walking stick, a knife, a large pot, some herbs and seeds, and a book with golden letters. With these, Abel sets off, traveling for many days. He finally settles down, building himself a house and planting a garden in a clearing in the forest. But the forest belongs to a wolf — an angry and jealous wolf who watches Abel's every move and deviously plots to attack him and steal everything he owns. How Abel uses the parting gifts from his parents tot urn a fearsome foe into a faithful friend is a testament to the power of kindness — and good food.

Abel leaves his loving home to make his way in the world, builds a house near a woodland brook, and tries to make friends with the powerful, jealous, and angry wolf who owns the woods.

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Children's Literature
Abel, the main character, leaves his home to make his way in the world. His parents give him several things for his new home: a large pot, a walking stick, a knife, some seeds and herbs, and a book with golden letters. Abel walks for days before he finds the right spot to build a house. Little does Abel know that his perfect spot also belongs to a wolf. Of course, the wolf does everything he can to run Abel off, but it doesn't work. The two become friends. This is simple, charming story. The muted, rich pictures enhance this story's fairy tale quality. This story emphasizes the importance of making friends and looking beyond physical differences. It also shows that by sharing a meal or something personal two individuals can bridge differences. 2004, North-South Books, Ages 5 to 9.
—Louise Parsons
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-Incorporating many folktale elements, this original story pits a wolf against a gentle-spirited young man sent out into the world to seek his fortune. Abel's parents fill his pack with a few essentials and he sets off, eventually entering a forest where he finds a good spot to build his house and plant his garden. The wolf resents his intrusion and plots to kill him, but the plan backfires, leaving the animal badly injured and completely at his rival's mercy. Abel surprises the creature by bandaging him up and nursing him to health, and in the end, the two become friends. Roberti's softly focused illustrations have the shimmering look of pointillism and complement the gentleness of the story, which ends on an upbeat note with a crystal-clear resolution. The tale as a whole is consistent with the teachings and ideals of many belief systems and cultures.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735819023
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.72 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Alessandra Roberti was born in Italy. She studied at the Art Institute of Urbino and the Art Academy of Florence. She now divides her time between Tuscany and Marches where she teaches art and design. For North-South she has illustrated "The Fox and the Stork and "Abel and the Wolf.

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