In 2003, Alaskans fell for a lolloping, dog-friendly wolf they named Romeo. Left without a pack, this lone wolf found a new family among Juneau’s domestic dogs and their owners, who became enamored with his striking looks and friendly demeanor. For years he remained a constant companion to residents of Juneau and their dogs, becoming a familiar and sociable presence in their lives. While his unusual tale had a tragic end, his legacy of respect and trust lives on.
Black Wolf of the Glacier tells the story of this beloved legend through the eyes of Shawna, whose dog becomes best friends with Romeo. While initially afraid, Shawna ultimately learns to love the benevolent wolf. When Romeo goes missing, Shawna begins a determined search to find him, bringing readers along for the adventure.
Deb Vanasse’s heartfelt prose and Nancy Slagle’s charming illustrations will delight Romeo’s many fans and capture the hearts of readers new to the story. Black Wolf of the Glacier beautifully captures the soul of Romeo’s story and celebrates the bonds we still form with our wild world.
|Publisher:||University of Alaska Press|
|Product dimensions:||9.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.20(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Deb Vanasse is the author of several books for children and adults, including A Distant Enemy. She is the co-founder of and teacher at the 49 Writers Alaska Writing Center.
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Black Wolf of the Glacier
By Deb Vanasse, Nancy Slagle
UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA PRESSCopyright © 2013Deb Vanasse
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Long and low, a howl pierced the night.
In warm houses near the frozen lake, dogs perked their ears. Shawna hugged Buddy's neck as he whined at the window. "What's wrong?" she asked.
Again the wolf howled. Inside the house, Buddy barked. Ruff! Ruff! "It's all right," Shawna whispered. "I'm here."
His cries met only with silence, the wolf curled in the snow. His breath frosted his thick, black fur as he slept alone in a sliver of moonlight.
When dawn flooded the sky, the wolf stretched in front of a blue-streaked glacier.
He cocked his head at a rustle from under the snow.
With his big front paws he pounced and pounced until at last he caught a small vole.
After his meager breakfast, the wolf warmed himself in the sun on a big rock, an erratic left by the glacier. He waited and watched. Maybe this was the day another wolf would appear. A playmate. A friend. Or maybe a whole pack of wolves, like the one he'd roamed with when he was a pup.
When the sun dipped in a low arc toward the mountains, the black wolf slipped into the woods. From the trail came the swoosh, swoosh of skis in the snow.
Ears erect, he froze at a flash of bright red and the swishing tail of a dog. From his hidden place in the trees, the wolf whined.
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