Footprints in the Snow

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Wolf feels badly represented — all the wolves he has ever read about are nasty, scary and greedy, so he decides to write a story about a nice wolf.

In the story, Mr. Nice Wolf sets off to find the owner of footprints in the forest, as he wants to find a new friend. The other animals he meets along the way are wary and will not help him. But he persists and eventually Mr. Nice Wolf finds Duck. Now Duck looks so fat and juicy that Mr. Nice Wolf’s wolfish instincts nearly get the ...

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Overview

Wolf feels badly represented — all the wolves he has ever read about are nasty, scary and greedy, so he decides to write a story about a nice wolf.

In the story, Mr. Nice Wolf sets off to find the owner of footprints in the forest, as he wants to find a new friend. The other animals he meets along the way are wary and will not help him. But he persists and eventually Mr. Nice Wolf finds Duck. Now Duck looks so fat and juicy that Mr. Nice Wolf’s wolfish instincts nearly get the better of him. Fortunately a knock at the door brings Wolf back to his senses, but just who is at the door and how will Wolf react?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
There is something quite likable about a wolf who loves to read, wears a bowtie, and sports a fedora hat on walks in the woods while carrying a magnifying glass and walking stick. An enlightened wolf who is very upset that wolves are always portrayed as "nasty, scary, and greedy" in his story books. A talented and creative wolf who decides to write his own story of a benevolent wolf named "Mr. Nice Wolf" who searches for friendship after seeing footprints in the snow. Here the story becomes a story within a story as the little stuffed animals in his home suddenly become real, as Mr. Nice Wolf walks through the woods—and his friends reject him. Squirrel, Bunny, Frog and others flee when he tries to ask them about their footprints and attempts friendship. When he locates the animal matching the footprints, a duck floating in the lake, he visualizes his potential friend as a cooked duck! Suddenly jarred back to reality—in his bathtub—wolf realizes his natural instincts nearly got the better of his storytelling. While drying off, he hears a knock on the door and opens it to find duck footprints in the snow. Will wolf resist and make a new friend—or find dinner? Squirrel, Bunny, and others line the walk outside and the final endpaper shows Mr. Wolf's footprints interspersed between the duck prints. Children will return to this book again and again to cheer for wolf's noble motives. Matsuoka's charming and vivid illustrations using paint, crayon, and collage are reminiscent of her popular Burger Boy. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal

K-Gr 5

After finding only "nasty, scary, and greedy" wolves in his entire collection of books about these animals, Wolf sits down to write a story about a "NICE wolf." Mr. Nice Wolf wants nothing more than to be friends with the creature whose footprints in the snow he follows into the forest. However, the bunny, frog, and squirrel he meets along the way flee as quickly as they can. When he meets the animal he's been seeking, the story deepens and author Wolf falls into the ambivalent waters of appetite and intention, vision and artistic creation. Matsuoka's softly colored mixed-media illustrations buoy readers between Wolf and his tale throughout: at the edges of various pages, there are glimpses of Wolf's paws, pencils and pens, writing desk, and research material. Similarly, the arrangement of the text mimics the winding path of footprints Mr. Nice Wolf follows, creating a quiet visual continuity from beginning to end. Listeners will enjoy this story for its suspense and good humor, while older readers will find much to explore in the implications of Wolf's artistic adventure.-Bethany Isaacson, Wheaton Regional Library, Silver Spring, MD

Kirkus Reviews

When Wolf decides to rehabilitate all the "nasty, scary, and greedy" storybook wolves with one of his own, he begins the tale of Mr. Nice Wolf, who follows a set of footprints in the snow in the hopes of finding a new friend. Overtures to a squirrel, a rabbit and a frog are met with suspicion, but Mr. Nice Wolf persists until he sees a big brown duck on a pond—but "the duck looked so fat, juicy...and mouthwateringly tasty" that Wolf's literary ambitions are dashed when, overcome, he jumps into the bathtub in the hopes of eating his own secondary character. Matsuoka's stylized illustrations and tongue-in-cheek tale make for a positive tonic in a season distinguished by sweetness. (Picture book. 5-9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805087925
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 641,964
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Mei Matsuoka graduated from Kingston University with a degree in Illustration. She is passionate about music, traveling, and filling up her sketchbooks. She also loves tortoises, eating out, and snowboarding.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    Loved it!

    I love finding picture books that have it all: great artwork, imagination, humor, and originality.

    Footprints in the Snow was a delightful surprise to read. My children and I both fell in love with the story and read it again and again. It is one of those books that I hope everyone reads and loves so that it will become a classic and stick around for a long time.

    The artwork is fantastic. I loved how the illustrations depicted Wolf's artwork and you could see his pencil in the corner of the page, or a paw, or some other artistic tool.

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