I love dogs and for me, the next best thing to spending time with a dog is reading picture books about them. I am always excited to add a new book to our collection and I have found a new favorite:
By Sarah Kurpiel (author and illustrator)
Greenwillow Books 2020
Picture book: ages 4-8
Themes: dogs, wolves, family, identity, belonging
Setting: home and the woods
The story begins:
being the Parker
Maple is a normal dog who likes to do normal dog things like playing tug-of-war, reading on the couch with his girl, getting extra treats, and going for long walks. But, people always make comments about how much Maple looks like a wolf. In fact, Maple can do some very wolf-like things. She begins to wonder, maybe she really is a wolf?
Why you need to add Lone Wolf to your shelves:
- There are facts included in the text that the author/illustrator has chosen to show in these clever charts:
- The simple line drawings are rich with little details done in a soft and fresh color palate. Kids will enjoy looking at each spread which will inspire them to draw their own pictures.
- I love books with maps and Maple’s journey is shown with dashes that flow through the pages.
- This is a perfect kid-friendly read-aloud. Kids empathize with Maple and cheer her on as she finally realizes that home with her family is where she belongs.
- The daughter in the family is shown in a power wheelchair. Her disability is not shown as a hurdle to overcome but just as a part of life in this lovely family story.
To learn more about author/illustrator Sarah Kurpiel click on this link to a review and interview on the Celebrate Picture Books blog.
Enjoy this book trailer of Lone Wolf