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Children's LiteratureAbel, 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.