Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman

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Beloved nature writer Helen Hoover tells a delightful children’s fable that will stir a sense of wonder and discovery in anyone who has ever felt the magic of the forest and imagined it a lively village of talking animals. 

Many years ago Great Wolf, a mighty hunter feared by all the animals in the forest, looked down on a deer, squirrel, and chickadee waiting for the Good Woodsman to provide a feast of cedar, corn, and seeds. The animals discover the Good Woodsman injured ...

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Overview

Beloved nature writer Helen Hoover tells a delightful children’s fable that will stir a sense of wonder and discovery in anyone who has ever felt the magic of the forest and imagined it a lively village of talking animals. 

Many years ago Great Wolf, a mighty hunter feared by all the animals in the forest, looked down on a deer, squirrel, and chickadee waiting for the Good Woodsman to provide a feast of cedar, corn, and seeds. The animals discover the Good Woodsman injured inside his house and with no fire in his stove. Worrying that he will freeze, the animals are disheartened that they have no way to help him. Great Wolf knew only he could rescue the Good Woodsman. When Great Wolf’s plan succeeds, the animals and the Good Woodsman invite the once-ostracized wolf to share Christmas dinner, and they realize that everyone has good things to offer if given the opportunity. 

Great Wolf and the Good Woodsman, charmingly illustrated with hand-colored woodcuts by renowned artist Betsy Bowen, is a classic tale to be passed down and enjoyed by many generations. 

Helen Hoover (1910–1984) moved to the wilderness of northern Minnesota in the 1950s. She and her husband Adrian chronicled their observations and experiences of life near their home on Gunflint Lake in a number of well-loved books, including Gift of the Deer, The Years of the Forest, and A Place in the Woods, all published by the University of Minnesota Press. 

Betsy Bowen operates a fine art print shop and studio at the edge of the wilderness near Lake Superior’s north shore. She is author and illustrator of Antler, Bear, Canoe: A Northwoods Alphabet Year, Tracks in the Wild, Gathering: A Northwoods Counting Book, and illustrator of A Wild Neighborhood (Minnesota, 1997) and Borealis (Minnesota, 2002).

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Beloved nature writer Helen Hoover died in 1984, but her work comes alive again in this gorgeously illustrated picture book story. Betsy Bowen's eye-catching woodcuts reanimate this touching tale about an endangered woodsman and his concerned forest friends. Even the ominous Great Wolf becomes a participant in the rescue and a celebrant at the group's joyous Christmas dinner.
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First published in 1967, this delightful children's fable by beloved nature writer Helen Hoover will again stir a sense of woodlands wonder in today's generation of picture book readers. This new edition has been lovingly and charmingly illustrated by renowned artist Betsy Bowen, who graces the classic tale with hand-colored woodcuts that evoke the rustic beauty of the deep forest in the middle of winter. The story takes place, in fact, on a wintry Christmas Day, "once, long years ago"—a day in which miracles, magic, and unexpected friendships are most likely to happen. Great Wolf, a mighty hunter feared by all the animals of the forest, finds himself alone and lonely on Christmas. He stares down from a high ridge at a deer, a squirrel, and a chickadee gathered by the log cabin where their friend, the Good Woodsman, lives. They are worried because he hasn't set out his customary treats for them on this special day, and fear that something may be terribly wrong. In the course of the story, they find out the woodsman's troubles and overcome their own fears so that they can work together with the wolf to bring their woodsman friend the help he needs. As one might expect, this gentle holiday story offers a comforting conclusion with a Christmas dinner shared—including the Great Wolf—and a message imparted that each of us has good things within us to share with the world, if given the opportunity. Despite the holiday theme, this book offers the picture book crowd a good read-aloud experience in any season. The illustrations are as timeless as the story, insuring that this is a something that can be passed down and enjoyed for generations! 2005, The University of Minnesota Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Dianne Ochiltree
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816644452
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2005
  • Series: Fesler-Lampert Minnesota Heritage Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 636,152
  • Age range: 4 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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