The Wolf of Gubbio

The Wolf of Gubbio

by Michael Bedard, Murray Kimber
     
 
At night we lay in bed and listened to the howl of the wolf on the hill. In sleep, we saw his shadow slink along the moonlit wall as the great beast circled the town.

No one in Gubbio is safe from the monstrous wolf that stalks them. The townsfolk, armed with pitchforks, travel in groups and never venture out at night.

One day a band of strangers comes to town led

Overview

At night we lay in bed and listened to the howl of the wolf on the hill. In sleep, we saw his shadow slink along the moonlit wall as the great beast circled the town.

No one in Gubbio is safe from the monstrous wolf that stalks them. The townsfolk, armed with pitchforks, travel in groups and never venture out at night.

One day a band of strangers comes to town led by the Poverello, the poor one. People say he understands the language of bird and beast. Even so, when he offers to go into the forest and face the wolf, everyone is certain he will never return.

What happens between the wolf and the Poverello as they stand face to face, is a matter of trust and understanding. But for the people of Gubbio, and one boy in particular, it is nothing short of a miracle.

Based on one of the legends of St. Francis of Assisi, the story may contain some truth. During repairs to a chapel in Gubbio dedicated to the saint, a large wolf's skull was found underneath the flagstones. The Afterword recounts this amazing fact and provides historical details on the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Stunning artwork accompanies this legend of a wolf who menaces the town of Gubbio until the Poverello, St. Francis of Assisi, brings townspeople and wolf into harmony. Gentle and moving
- The Ottawa Citizen.

What makes this story so powerful is the beautiful simplicity of the language and the magnificent illustrations.
- Resource Links

The quiet of Bedard's narrative is deeply powerful, and children will be intrigued by the afterword, which adds a bit of history to the legend about the saint who talked to animals.
- Booklist

Children's Literature
In Gubbio, a medieval walled city in Italy, legend has it that a monstrous wolf preyed on the people and animals, making the whole town afraid. Enter the Poverello, a slender monk who has a way with animals. He negotiates a pact between the wolf and the townspeople—the wolf will never again harm them provided they promise to feed him faithfully and welcome him. The deal is struck, and the young narrator, who has been waiting for the wolf's noontime visit while recounting this wondrous tale, greets the wolf with an outstretched hand and a bowl of food. Kimber's rich, saturated colors evoke the Italian architecture and countryside, and his elongated shapes and tilted perspectives underscore the anxiety created by the wolf's presence. An afterword identifies the tale as one of the legends of St. Francis of Assisi and adds an intriguing detail about the discovery of a large wolf skull in a Gubbio chapel dedicated to St. Francis. 2001, Stoddart, . Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Susan Stan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773732506
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Pages:
23
Sales rank:
1,171,307
Product dimensions:
8.45(w) x 11.41(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
7 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Bedard is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.

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