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"An engaging survival story told from a white wolf’s point of view. . . . Rich, realistic, and highly readable." — KIRKUS REVIEWS

A young white wolf is trapped in the world of humans, where a young boy considers him a pet, a father sees him as a safeguard against attack by native tribes, and an entire tribe believes he is a powerful figure who has come to protect them from the encroaching white men. But the wolf knows he needs to be free — that he must journey away from humans ...

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Overview

"An engaging survival story told from a white wolf’s point of view. . . . Rich, realistic, and highly readable." — KIRKUS REVIEWS

A young white wolf is trapped in the world of humans, where a young boy considers him a pet, a father sees him as a safeguard against attack by native tribes, and an entire tribe believes he is a powerful figure who has come to protect them from the encroaching white men. But the wolf knows he needs to be free — that he must journey away from humans into the wild and become part of a pack, where he can sing under the stars, hunt for his dinner, and discover what it truly means to be a wolf. With startling vividness and splendid writing, Henrietta Branford takes readers into the mind of a most magnificent creature.

A white wolf flees captivity by humans and must learn to hunt and run with a pack and to discover what it truly means to be a wolf.

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Children's Literature - Carol Collins
Told from the point of view of a white wolf in an Indian-like voice, this spare novel (with appealing dust jacket) gives us a fascinating, imaginative look into a wolf's being. The story presents an unsanitized view of the harsh realities of Snowy's life that include being held captive as a pet and guard animal by a son and his father, being sought out as the sacrifice to preserve an Indian tribe's culture, and being hunted by an animal trapper. An inner drive leads him to escape captivity and reenter the wild to reclaim his heritage where seasons dictate hunting patterns. Joining a pack, mating, and howling out into the wilderness are not only necessary for survival but also aesthetically essential to life. The primitive but moving description of all that happens, the manner of naming (such as the white wolf's cub Dances-Along-the-Sky), the grandmother wolf Thin-Moon's tale before she dies-all intimate that there is indeed a connection between wolves and the Wolf Clan. This is a good read for anyone who has ever wondered how an animal thinks and is a sad reminder of the tenuousness of a way of life that depends on open, untamed natural land. 1999 (orig.
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Gr 4-6To Jesse, a boy who lives deep in the unsettled wilderness of the northwest coast, the white wolf is a much-loved pet. To Jesses father, who believes that the Native Americans will not attack if they see the animal in the yard, he is a safety measure. To one of the local tribes, he is a sacred beasthalf animal, half godthat must be sacrificed for the good of the people. Whether he is imprisoned in a cage, warm and safe by a cabin fire, or tied up in a longhouse, the wolf longs to be free. He knows what he needs: sun and snow on his back, the changing of seasons, live food tasting of warm blood, and a pack. As in Branfords Fire, Bed, and Bone Candlewick, 1998, the story is told from a canine point of view. Children will empathize as the animal grows from a confused and howling pup to a young wolf that leaves human company in order to become the wild creature he was meant to be. The authors poetically fluid prose fully involves readers senses and emotions. They will feel that they have, at least briefly, known what it means to be a wolf.Lisa Wu Stowe, Great Neck Library, NY Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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An engaging survival story told from a white wolf's point of view: "A wolf needs a pack. All I had was a cage." As a cub, Snowy is trapped by Jim and his son, Jesse. Growing up in the company of people and dogs mute Snowy's lupine instincts; he is not skilled at hunting, nor does he possess a fierce killer instinct. Because of this he and Jesse are kidnapped by the "barefoot people [Jim] called Indians." Snowy escapes just before he is to be ritually sacrificed. The white wolf then joins up with a pack, slipping comfortably into the life he always should have led, leaving humans behind. Branford draws some interesting parallels between the wolf pack and the native people, and chronicles Snowy's growth and adventures with convincing insight into wolf behavior. Her keen sense of detail makes this story about the balance of nature rich, realistic, and highly readable. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763632892
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.63 (h) x 0.24 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    BEST WOLF BOOK EVER!

    Heart warming book about wolves, no talking with the wolves only when the humans talk but AWESOME! A little sad in parts but is good for kids 9- ? any age! Also it's not like call of the wild but is my fave book!

    Hope that children will like it as much as I do.

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