Nutik, the Wolf Pup

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From the popular Arctic saga that began with the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and continued in Julie and Julie's Wolf Pack, here is a picture book featuring Julie's little brother, Amaroq.

When Julie brings home a sickly wolf pup named Nutik for Amaroq to feed and tend, she warns, "Don't fall in love with Nutik, or your heart will break when the wolves come to take their pup home." Amaroq helps Nutik recover, and soon the fuzzy little pup is romping and playing and ...

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Overview

From the popular Arctic saga that began with the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and continued in Julie and Julie's Wolf Pack, here is a picture book featuring Julie's little brother, Amaroq.

When Julie brings home a sickly wolf pup named Nutik for Amaroq to feed and tend, she warns, "Don't fall in love with Nutik, or your heart will break when the wolves come to take their pup home." Amaroq helps Nutik recover, and soon the fuzzy little pup is romping and playing and following Amaroq everywhere. Amaroq and Nutik become best friends, but soon it's time for Nutik to rejoing his wolf family. Amaroq must be strong to let Nutik go, but Nutik has a surprise in store for everyone.

From an episode in Julie's Wolf Pack, this heartwarming adventure is full of fascinating information about life in the Arctic.

About the Author:
Jean Craighead George is the author of more than eighty favorite books for children, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and its sequels, Julie and Julie's Wolf Pack, as well as My Side of the Mountain, a Newbery Honor book. Her picture books include Look to the North;Morning, Noon, and Night; and the recently published How to Talk to Your Dog and How to Talk to Your Cat. She lives in Chappaqua, NY.

Ted Rand is the acclaimed illustrator of more than sixty picture books for children, including Longfellow's Paul Revere's Ride, Storm on the Desert by Carolyn Lesser, Night Tree by Eve Bunting, and Baby in a Basket and the Salty Dog books written in collaboration with his wife, Gloria Rand. The Rands live on Mercer Island, WA.

When his older sister Julie brings home two small wolf pups, Amaroq takes care of the one called Nutik and grows to love it, even though Julie tells him it cannot stay.

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Amaroq's big sister Julie brings home two sickly wolf pups. She names one Nutik and gives it to her brother with a warning¾when the pups are fat and well, the wolves will come to claim them. And if you fall in love with your cub, when he leaves, your heart will break. But Julie (whom older readers already know from three previous novels) also gives Amaroq resolve by saying "Be strong," and he needs resolve, since he denies the wolves' first call to Nutik and then must accept the inevitability of Nutik's return to the pack. Rand's illustrations are dramatic and warm. Glowing pastel renditions of the Arctic tundra are bordered by the changing sky color as the summer months move toward fall. The wolves howling, their shaggy, gray surging shapes set against the dark sky after the sun has set in August, provides a strong contrast to the bright portrayal of Amaroq and his companion playing on the tundra. George structures the story so that Julie's wolf returns to the pack while, after a heart-wrenching departure, Amaroq's wolf returns to him, thus presenting nature and human interaction as working in several directions. There is no author's note to help the reader determine if this could or did actually happen. But the story's warmth, Julie's respect for the wolf pack that saved her life and the "happy" ending make this a child-pleaser and perhaps, for readers at the upper reaches of the book's appeal, an introduction to her Newbery Medal-winner, Julie of the Wolves. 2001, HarperCollins, $15.95 and $15.89. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Susan Hepler
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Gr 3-5-George adapts a story from Julie's Wolf Pack (HarperCollins, 1997) for a picture-book readership. In simple language and a lilting repetitive cadence, she tells of an Eskimo boy and the wolf pup he raises under his sister's watchful supervision. When Julie presents Amaroq with a frail wolf pup to raise, she sternly admonishes him not to love it, warning him that the pup's rightful place is with his pack, and that their foster-care arrangement is only temporary. Amaroq loves the animal anyway, and in the end, a surfeit of love leaves him anything but brokenhearted. Rand's deeply textured illustrations evoke the expansive white vistas and low light of the Alaskan wilderness in winter. Most of the story takes place during a protracted twilight and nightfall, and the artist successfully integrates the absence of direct sunlight to good effect. This beautiful book is a terrific way to introduce younger readers to George's award-winning prose.-Catherine T. Quattlebaum, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060281649
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/31/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.38 (w) x 8.81 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Craighead George is the author of over eighty books for children and young adults. Her novel Julie of the Wolves won the Newbery Medal in 1973, and her novel My Side of the Mountain was a Newbery Honor Book in 1960. She has continued to write acclaimed picture books and novels that celebrate the natural world. She lives in Chappaqua, New York, and has had over 173 pets in the time she has lived there, among them geese and ducks.

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