Little Wolf's Song

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Even though Little Wolf's mom, dad, sister, and brothers all have their own special song, he can only manage a poor, pitiful squeak. His siblings tease him: “A wolf who can't howl is no wolf at all!”
But one snowy day, Little Wolf finds himself lost and alone in the woods-and underneath a glistening, perfect full moon, he discovers his own special, beautiful voice.
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Overview

Even though Little Wolf's mom, dad, sister, and brothers all have their own special song, he can only manage a poor, pitiful squeak. His siblings tease him: “A wolf who can't howl is no wolf at all!”
But one snowy day, Little Wolf finds himself lost and alone in the woods-and underneath a glistening, perfect full moon, he discovers his own special, beautiful voice.
Best-selling author and artist Britta Teckentrup has created a magical, heart-warming story that children will love to read again and again.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
According to his sister and brothers, Little Wolf's howl is no great shakes--"all he could manage was a little squeak." Saddened by his siblings' taunts that " wolf who can't howl isn't a real wolf at all," Little Wolf tries to follow his parents' guidance and "give it time." He wanders off on his own to play, admiring the birds' songs, chasing snowflakes, and delighting in the taste of fresh snow. But when Little Wolf becomes lost, far from home beneath a magical yellow moon, he discovers that "the time is right," and his loud howl brings his father to his side. Using a mix of bold colors and textures on a large scale, Teckentrup (Grumpy Cat) crafts Little Wolf's mountain home out of digital collages and speckled papers, making it feel as comforting as Little Wolf's parents' consistently supportive words of advice. An eloquent reminder for late bloomers that, with patience and perseverance, a slow start may turn into "the most beautiful song you have ever heard." Ages 3–6. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Little Wolf's family howls together every night in a beautiful chorus, but the youngster is unable to join in. His brothers and sister have mockingly nicknamed him Squeaky, but his parents assure him that one day he will come into his own. And one night, when he gets lost in the woods, he does. Illustrations done with hand-printed paper and digital collage depict a warm, cuddly wolf family in a soft, wintry setting. Lots of white space, bold text, and large pictures make this story a natural read-aloud that will resonate with children, especially with younger siblings.—Julie Roach, Cambridge Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews

It distresses Little Wolf that he can't howl. Mommy and Daddy and all his brothers and sisters have distinctive howls; it's a beautiful song when they all howl together. But all he can manage is a small squeak, earning him "Squeaky" as a name. Mommy and Daddy reassure him that, when the time is right, he'll be able to howl. Sure enough, one snowy day he wanders too far from home and, when darkness falls, he realizes he's lost. He looks up at the big yellow moon and knows that the time is right. His howl carries through the night sky, helping his parents find him and bring him home. The whole family celebrates with a chorus of howls. Teckentrup's digital collages are beautifully composed, artfully placing touches of bright color against the mostly monochromatic snowy landscape, and nicely complement her heartwarming fable, which is told with crisp economy. The vocabulary is both accessible to young readers and deftly nuanced, abetting swift character development. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907152337
  • Publisher: Boxer Books
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 817,596
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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