Wind-Wild Dog
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Wind-Wild Dog

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by Barbara Joosse, Kate Kiesler
     
 

What will Ziva choose, her love for the Man or the freedom of the wild?

Ziva heard the call of the wild. Most mushers believed that Ziva's eyes of different colors made her half wild, so no one wanted her. But one man took a liking to her.

As Ziva begins to trust the Man, she learns to use her wild energy to pull his sled, but she's torn between her

Overview

What will Ziva choose, her love for the Man or the freedom of the wild?

Ziva heard the call of the wild. Most mushers believed that Ziva's eyes of different colors made her half wild, so no one wanted her. But one man took a liking to her.

As Ziva begins to trust the Man, she learns to use her wild energy to pull his sled, but she's torn between her love for the Man and the wolf's call. Will she stay . . . or go?

This story has been growing in Barbara Joosse's head since a friend told her about his dog, Ziva, who was "wild as a wolf and white as the snow." Kate Kiesler's striking full-color art perfectly captures Ziva's struggle in this powerful book.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Ziva, pup of a sled dog, is born with one brown and one blue eye, which the mushers say makes her half-wild. She is never chosen to be a sled dog; she is "wind-wild." A Man takes her home and patiently trains her. Still, she seems to want to run wild when she hears the "song of wolves" calling her. Finally, she is joined to the sled team. One night out in the snow as the wind and a wolf howl, Ziva is free to run. When she encounters a wolf, she realizes that she misses the Man. Tears are in his eyes as he welcomes her back. Joosse's text is rich with emotion and vivid descriptions of the cold landscape of the Alaskan winter. The cover under the more traditional jacket sets the stage for the emotional story with a close-up of a blue eye on the front and a brown eye on the back and no words at all. Kiesler uses oil paint to create sculptural forms that make us sense Ziva's desire to run, to tug against a weight. It is appropriate for her impressions of the snowy landscape, clumps of evergreens, and the star-studded sky. Notes add information on the background of the story.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 4-"The night Ziva was born, the wind held its breath." With one brown eye and the other blue, the husky pup is unlike the rest of the litter. Mushers believe that eyes of different colors make a dog half wild, and this is true of Ziva. As her siblings are chosen for sled teams, she is left alone, becoming ever more drawn to the wild. One day, a man arrives who takes a liking to her and knows how to treat her. In time, she learns to trust him and to run with a team. While out on the trail, he gives her the chance to go free. Tearing through the moonlit snow, she chases a rabbit and encounters a wolf. But ultimately, she chooses to return to the man who has treated her so well. The story is told simply and clearly. Although Joosse describes strong feelings, she never indulges in sentimentality. While the characters' faces are not depicted in great detail, the oil paintings convey emotions and energy through body language. The effect is powerful. The text and artwork believably convey Ziva's perspective. This is a lovely story about the power of choice, freedom, and the love between canines and their chosen people.-Amelia Jenkins, Juneau Public Library, AK Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An Alaskan sled dog with a yen to run wild finds her true calling in this northern tale of man and dog. Puppy Ziva is born with one brown eye, one blue eye and her nose to the wind. Superstitious sled-dog owners shy away from Ziva, believing two-color eyes equal wildness. But one Man takes a shine to Ziva, wooing her with patience and kindness and training her with steadiness and praise. On nights when the wolf's cry carries on the wind, the Man knows Ziva longs to be free. At the winter solstice, the Man tests Ziva by hitching her with his team of dogs and racing them across the frozen landscape. That night, as the wind howls and the wolf calls, he unchains Ziva and she races into the night to find the wolf. Will Ziva run with the wolves or return to the Man? Realistic oil illustrations in winter blues, tans, whites and greens showcase the growing bond between man and dog. A heartwarming call of the wild for the small set. (author's notes) (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805070538
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.43(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Barbara Joosse is the author of the ever-popular Mama, Do You Love Me?, along with many other books for young readers. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

Kate Kiesler is the illustrator of many books for children. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and now lives in Colorado.

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