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Wolf Song
     

Wolf Song

by Mary Bevis, Consie Powell (Illustrator)
 

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All summer Nell has been looking forward to an evening of howling for wolves with Uncle Walter. Now that the time is here, she's a little anxious. But the starry sky soon soothes her fears, and the evening unfolds with all the satisfaction of a wonderful wilderness experience. On each page, the colorful scratchboard illustrations tell two stories: that of Nell and

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All summer Nell has been looking forward to an evening of howling for wolves with Uncle Walter. Now that the time is here, she's a little anxious. But the starry sky soon soothes her fears, and the evening unfolds with all the satisfaction of a wonderful wilderness experience. On each page, the colorful scratchboard illustrations tell two stories: that of Nell and Uncle Walter, and that of a wolf pack. The illustrations accurately depict wolf pack behavior and communication, and a nonfiction section provides facts about timber wolves.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
This lovely book celebrates nature and the great north woods between Canada and the United States, an area where wolves can sometimes be seen. One night, Nell and her uncle drive past the cabins nestled around a lake, then they climb until they can see the glittering stars above them and try out their wolf calls. As Nell learns to howl, the pack answers back, and together their songs resound over the hills and water. The text and illustrations both convey the wonder and mystery of nature as the child feels trepidation about the wolves and experiences joy when they answer her. The wolves frame the lower half of the lush, verdant spreads. Back matter offers additional, interesting information on these animals and suggestions on how readers can try howling with wolves themselves. A unique look at a controversial species, this title should be a welcome addition to most collections.
—Judith ConstantinidesCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
On a starry night in a secluded spot in the north woods, Nell and her grandfather call to the wolves and the wolf pack sings in return. Bevis tells her story simply, realistically conveying Nell's initial hesitations, the spooky silence and surprising noises and the excitement of the wolves's response. She includes other night sounds: the song of a white-throated sparrow and the wail of a loon. The backmatter includes more information about wolves and howling expeditions. Powell has beautifully illustrated this intergenerational experience with double-page spreads, done with scratchboard and watercolor, showing both the wolf pack and the human listeners and their surroundings with accurate detail. The humans are a little stiff; the wolves are the stars here, shown in a wide variety of activities from tumbling with a sibling and chewing an elder's tail to listening intently and howling. Young readers who have experienced the sense of wonder an owl prowl provides will long to howl themselves. (Picture book. 5-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780979420207
Publisher:
Raven Productions
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Mary Bevis is the author of Wolf Song and Old Woman Winter. She divides her time between her home in the Twin Cities and her cabin in Ely, Minnesota.

Consie Powell is an artist and writer who loves to snoop in nature’s lovely untidy places, has a soft spot for predators, and sometimes finds a story that links the two. She creates books for young readers, binds her own sketch journals, and helps others learn the joys of taking visual and written notes to keep track of how life dances around us. She is an award-winning author and illustrator of a dozen books, including Old Dog Cora, Leave Only Ripples, and A Bold Carnivore. She first paddled into the Quetico-Superior wilderness on her honeymoon more than three decades ago. When she’s not creating art, writing stories, baking bread, or goofing around with her Newfoundland dogs, she paddles her wooden canoe near her home on the edge of the BWCA, sketchbook and binoculars always handy. See more of Consie’s artwork and books at www.consiepowell.com.

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