Dream Wolfby Paul Goble, Paul Friendly Goble
When two Plains Indian children become lost, they are cared for and guided safely home by a friendly wolf.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyA wolf guides two lost children home in this Plains Indian tale; the "straightforward text evokes rich emotions," said PW of this "magnificent" picture book. Ages 5-8. (May)
Children's Literature - Kathleen KellyWhen young Plains Indian Tiblo and his sister, Tanksi, become lost in the mountains, a wolf appears to Tiblo in his dream. The next day, the Dream Wolf leads the children home, and so begins the tribe's kinship with the Wolf People. For this revised edition of The Friendly Wolf (1974), Paul Goble has retained the original illustrations but rewritten the text. The story, though somewhat heavy-handed in its environmental message, manages to retain a distinctly Native American cadence. Goble's bright illustrations combine simple lines with busy patterns and designs to capture the landscape of this original tale. A sampling of Native American songs and names at the end of the book reinforces the people's link to the wolves. 1997 (orig.
School Library JournalK-Gr 4-- New text, jacket, and rich reproduction of the color art mark this revised edition of The Friendly Wolf (Bradbury, 1974; o.p.). The basic story remains the same: two young Plains Indian children get lost while berry-picking, and are protected and led home by a wolf which is then honored by the children's people. Goble has made the wolf in this version less terrifying to the children in keeping with his more overt message about modern treatment of wolves by human beings. His ending assumes the wolves' absence until ``we . . . have the wolves in our hearts and dreams again.'' This mild didacticism does not add to the tale, nor, unfortunately, does the rewritten text. While some of the language has been improved, much of the story's flow is lost to a string of declaratives; it smacks of easy readerizing, and the truncation of the original is often awkward and confusing. This is particularly disappointing because the new illustrations and print layout are so much more appealing: this effort could have been a real knockout. Illustrations that were slightly murky and muddy now appear brilliant and distinct, vividly showing off Goble's trademark style--thin white space outlining the stylized figures in glorious traditional Plains Indian garb. Good ``good wolf'' stories are hard to come by, and offer a discussion-rich (not to mention politically correct) contrast to the abundance of good ``bad wolf'' tales out there; this will be a useful addition to the former, but it is not something worth howling about. -- Nancy Palmer, The Little School, Bellevue, WA
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