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One moonlit night, Little Wolf wakes and knows he is ready. This is the night he will learn how to howl. But who can teach him? Mother and Father Wolf are too busy, and none of the other animals know how. There is someone, though, who has been howling for many years. He is old and gray. He is wise and patient. And he has a grandson who wants very much to learn how to howl.

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Overview

One moonlit night, Little Wolf wakes and knows he is ready. This is the night he will learn how to howl. But who can teach him? Mother and Father Wolf are too busy, and none of the other animals know how. There is someone, though, who has been howling for many years. He is old and gray. He is wise and patient. And he has a grandson who wants very much to learn how to howl.

Grandfather’s encouraging words and Little Wolf ’s strong, sonorous first howl are sure to inspire readers to discover the howl within themselves.

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"The delicate watercolors, dusted with color, gracefully convey the abandon, joy and frustration of this pup's quest." Kirkus Reviews

"Little ones will inevitably want to follow Little Wolf's lead and 'find the howl inside [themselves].'" Booklist, ALA

Children's Literature - Ilene S. Goldman
Little Wolf wants to learn to howl, but his mother and father are too busy to teach him. His impatience leads him to ask Owl, Frog, and Whippoorwill to teach him. Of course, they can only teach him their own sounds and he is unable to learn how to hoot, croak, or trill. Finally, coming upon his grandfather, he learns that to howl he must reach deep inside and think about the things he loves. Though very sweet, the ending is a bit predictable—Little Wolf loves his mother, father, and grandfather, the moon, Owl, Frog, and Whippoorwill, and he emits a tree-shaking champion howl. Munoz's watercolors express Little Wolf's happy world and lovely adventure through their soft lines and colors. Children will love howling along with Little Wolf when he finds his voice.
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PreS-Gr 3-Little Wolf longs to howl at the moon, but his parents are too busy to teach him. He turns to the forest animals for help, but Owl can only teach him to hoot, Frog's talents are confined to croaking, and Whippoorwill's to singing. Finally, Grandfather Wolf awakes and shows the youngster how to call forth a good howl. "Lift up your head-stretch your neck-think of all the things you love-find the howl inside of you." Having done these things, Little Wolf lets loose with a tremendous howl that shakes "the branches in the trees" and splashes "the water in the lake." Mu-oz's watercolor paintings are suffused with white moonlight and humorous heartwarming scenes. Youngsters who long to accomplish a "grown-up" skill will readily identify with Little Wolf. Moka in Keiko Kasza's The Dog Who Cried Wolf (Putnam, 2005) is another charmer inspired by a full moon.-Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT NAPOLI, Donna Jo & Eva Furrow. Bobby the Bold. illus. by Ard Hoyt. unpaged. CIP. Dial. 2006. RTE $16.99. ISBN 0-8037-2990-1. LC 2005011371. PreS-Gr 2-Bobby, a bonobo, lives with the chimps in the zoo, but they don't understand or play with him. In fact, they make fun of him because he is smaller and hairier than they are. But the bonobo is no chump; he figures out how to leave and begins an adventure, much like one would expect of Curious George, which involves a bus ride and a new haircut-a Mohawk. When he returns to the zoo, he's greeted with shrieks of admiration. No longer an outsider, he finds himself grooming the chimps and being lovingly groomed himself. Pen-and-ink illustrations dance across the pages as Bobby swings and frolics. This well-written picture-book story about acceptance and being true to oneself should find a home on most library shelves.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA NAYLOR, Phyllis Reynolds. Cuckoo Feathers. illus. by Marcy Ramsey. 88p. (Simply Sarah Series). CIP. Marshall Cavendish. 2006. Tr $14.95. ISBN 0-7614-5285-0. LC 2005021126. Gr 2-4-Sarah Simpson, who made her debut in Anyone Can Eat Squid! (Marshall Cavendish, 2005), is out of great ideas, despite her nickname "idea girl." After observing two pigeons outside her apartment window, she decides that she is going to keep them as pets. However, when they begin spending more time on a balcony next door and start to nest, Sarah becomes jealous of the girl and boy who live there. Soon after, she and her brother befriend the children, and her concern shifts to other pigeons that are intent on taking over the nest of the first two birds. After an egg is lost, the girl comes up with a solution that saves another egg and provides a home for the aggressive creatures. Sarah is a likable character who lives in a diverse neighborhood. Both setting and plot ring true, but the chapter "Making Faces," in which Sarah and her friends discover that skin colors are neither pure white nor pure black is a bit didactic. Full- and half-page pencil illustrations break up the text for children new to chapter books.-Wendy Woodfill, Hennepin County Library, Minnetonka, MN Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"I want to howl," says Little Wolf. "Teach me how to howl." But Mother Wolf is occupied and Father must hunt. Owl can only teach him to hoot and Frog, only to croak. Dissatisfied, but determined, the pup continues his search for a vocal mentor. He eventually comes upon his silvery Grandfather Wolf, who gently licks the young wolf's tears and guides him through the howling right of passage. "First you have to sit down and face the moon," Grandfather intones. He steers his pupil, step-by-step: "Then you have to think of all the things you love." Little Wolf is filled with warmth as he begins to feel the voice inside him. At last, his howl is so enormous it shakes the branches in the trees and beckons the rest of the pack to join along. The delicate watercolors, dusted with color, gracefully convey the abandon, joy and frustration of this pup's quest. It is a tender, sometimes humorous journey that evokes the yearning of childhood while setting forth the virtues of the multi-generational family. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618117628
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/12/2006
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.25 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Yannick Murphy has received a Whiting Writer's Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a MacDowell Artists' Colony Fellowship, a Sewanee Writers' Conference fellowship, and a Chesterfield Writing Program Fellowship. Her first children's book was Ahwoooooooo! (Clarion, spring 2006) and she is also the author of the highly-praised adult novels Here They Come (McSweeney's), The Sea of Trees (Houghton), and Signed, Mata Hari (Little, Brown). She lives in Reading, Vermont, with her husband and three children. You can read more about her at www.yannickmurphy.com.

Claudio Munoz has illustrated a number of books for children, including LITTLE PIG FIGWORT CAN'T GET TO SLEEP by Henrietta Branford and NIGHT WALK by Jill Newsome, both for Clarion. He was born and raised in Chile and now lives in England.

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