FICTION

Lone Wolf

HarperCollins/Greenwillow. May 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062943828.
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PreS-Gr 2–Maple is a beautiful black-and-white husky who loves her life with the Parker family. However, when they take her on walks, they are often stopped and asked if Maple is part wolf. Although they always say no, the dog begins to have doubts. Wolves are expert hunters, just like Maple, who readers see proudly sitting on top of a bed with a stuffed dinosaur in her mouth. Wolves like to dig and Maple is an expert digger in the family’s flower garden in the backyard. Soon Maple begins to think that she doesn’t belong in a house at all but should live in the wild like all the other wolves. Then one day, as luck would have it, the front gate is left open and Maple decides to make a break for the forest. It turns out that being a wolf is a lot harder than this dog expected. Soon Maple tires of the whole thing and makes her way back to her true pack, the Parker family.
VERDICT With lovely cadenced phrasing, and a winning heroine, this delightful debut picture book is strongly recommended for purchase.
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