Wolfhound

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In Tsarist Russia, for a commoner to own a wolfhound was to risk prison, or worse. But Pavel's heart has been won by the beautiful dog he rescued from a snowstorm, and he cannot abandon her to the freezing cold. Opulent paintings illustrate this poignant, universal story of a boy's love for a dog.

Pavel saves the life of the enormous dog he finds half-frozen in the snow, but since only nobles and dukes and the tsar himself keep ...

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Overview

In Tsarist Russia, for a commoner to own a wolfhound was to risk prison, or worse. But Pavel's heart has been won by the beautiful dog he rescued from a snowstorm, and he cannot abandon her to the freezing cold. Opulent paintings illustrate this poignant, universal story of a boy's love for a dog.

Pavel saves the life of the enormous dog he finds half-frozen in the snow, but since only nobles and dukes and the tsar himself keep wolfhounds, Pavel fears he will be punished for stealing.

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Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
This is a richly illustrated, gentle fairytale about Pavel, a Russian peasant boy who rescues a half-frozen borzoi, or wolfhound. His father, fearing retribution because only nobles can own such a dog, decrees that the animal must be driven back out into the snow. Instead, Pavel decides to help the animal find its way home. Waldherr depicts gray-white winter exteriors with an authentic chill, and interiors are infused with the golden glow of Russian icons.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
During a snowstorm, young Pavel finds a dog half frozen. He nurses it to health and wants to keep it. His father recognizes the breed, a wolfhound, which can belong only to nobility. Poor Pavel, a commoner, could be imprisoned, as he would be accused of stealing this valuable dog. The only solution is to drive the dog away and never tell anyone about it. But Pavel is determined to return the dog to her royal master. This is a warm, satisfying story with superb oil paintings depicting the wintry Russian countryside and portraying elegantly that special bond that develops between the boy and the dog.
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K-Gr 3Pavel discovers a dog half frozen in the snow and saves its life. When he shows it to his father, he learns that it is a wolfhound, a breed kept only by nobles, dukes, and the Tsar himself. The boy's father fears that they will be accused of stealing the animal and plans to drive it away at night to live or die. Hoping the wolfhound will find its way home, Pavel leads it into the Tsar's forest. A pack of wolves approaches, and as the dog chases them off, the Tsar arrives. He thanks Pavel for saving Tatiana and sends him home to tell the tale. But no one believes a word of it until the spring, when a royal messenger delivers a gift from Tatianaa puppy. The text is clear, if not compelling. The full- and double-page illustrations, done in watercolor and oil paints and surrounded by scrolling tapestry borders, are rendered in a manner evocative of Tsarist Russia. Unfortunately, the artist's depiction of the characters' anatomy is awkward. The bright white background on which the text is presented often distracts from the illustrations' more muted tones. This is a story for dog lovers to read along with Joanna Cole's My Puppy Is Born (Morrow, 1991), Tres Seymour's Pole Dog (Orchard, 1993), and Debra Keller's The Trouble with Mister (Chronicle, 1995).Susan M. Moore, Louisville Free Public Library, KY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688136741
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.35 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Kris Waldherr has written and illustrated a number of well-received picture books for children and adults, including The Book Of Goddesses, which was an American Booksellers Association Pick of the List and a Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and Persephone And The Pomegranate. She also illustrated The Wolfhound by Kristine L. Franklin. In addition to being a fine artist, an illustrator, and an author, Kris has worked as a children's book designer and has made recent forays into the digital and decorative arts.

Kris Waldherr was born in West Haverstraw, New York, and earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she now makes her home with her husband, anthropolgist Thomas Ross Miller.

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