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A Wolf Called Wander Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0062895931
LANGUAGE:English

" “Every step of my journey was for this, beautiful this.”I read this in one sitting this morning, and couldn’t read my eyes away from Swift and his story. The illustrations are as stunning as the beautifully-weaved words. So very well done. " said.

"I grabbed this book from the library when I saw the wolf on the cover and the beautiful illustrations inside. I wasn't disappointed, as this adventurous novel instantly became one of my new favorites. It's exactly the book I would have loved as a kid who was fascinated by wolves.

Written in first person from the perspective of Wander, this book pulls the reader deep into the story from the first page. The natural world and the lives of animals come vibrantly alive as the author spins a tale of growing up, experiencing loss and the changing paths of friendships, and what it means to find a new home. Kids of all reading levels can enjoy this book either being read to them or reading on their own. The writing style is extremely unique; because it's from the perspective of the wolf, the words are simple but hold deep meaning and emotion. The actions the wolf takes are written clearly and in patterns that even young kids will be able to follow, shucking off big words for a more intuitive reading experience. Older readers will be able to read between the lines as to some of the more gritty details. It's this more subtle approach that I think really lends itself to how lyrical the novel is. We can all find experiences in our lives that match the feelings Wander has, both of pain and heartbreak, and of hope and renewal.

The illustrations further open up the world, adding a beautifully painted cinematic touch to the already breathtaking story. This book is like a mix of watching a nature documentary while also being the main character in classic animal adventure tales like Homeward Bound or Milo and Otis.

As someone who still loves wolves, I also appreciate that this books correctly shows wolves as the gentle, curious, loyal creatures that they are. The back of the book also details the real wolf that inspired this story, and also includes some fun wolf facts and real photos.

I highly recommend this book to readers of all ages who love wildlife and fast-paced yet heartfelt adventures.
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"A Wolf Called Wander is based on the true story of OR-7, or Journey, a wolf who traveled over 1,000 miles in the Pacific northwest in search of home. In this tale, Swift is the wolf determined to survive. The fastest of all his siblings, he dreams of leading a pack of his own. But after rivals threaten his family, Swift finds himself alone in the chaos. Facing hunters, highways, forest fires, and hunger, the wolf journeys relentlessly, longing for family and the mountains of home. Inspiring reverence for nature and wildlife, this is a story so powerful it gave a wolf his name." said.

" A wonderfully detailed, compellingly told survival story of a lone wolf. " said.

" Told first person from a wolf's point of view (and based on the journey of a real wolf--see back matter), this is a compelling story of survival. " said.

" This is a good middle grade story with a nice variety of Oregon ecosystems and wildlife. I appreciate the resources included at the end of the book. " said.

" A story of perseverance and grit when things are hard. A tale of a wolf that suffers from hunger, though it is deeply satisfying and interesting. The real moral is how to improvise in ways that are still hard. I give “A Wolf Called Wander” 4stars -Stella Cutaia. " said.

" Warning: if Bambi made you cry then just be prepared for some fluffy wolves joining in the circle of life. Totally well done, accessible vocabulary, and illustrations throughout make me want to give this to a third grader who wants adventure and to have FEELS. " said.

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