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The Way Home for Wolf

Scholastic. Dec. 2019. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781338592740.
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PreS-Gr 2–Wilf is a precocious little wolf, determined to do things on his own. He does not appreciate the other wolves telling him what to do. As the wolf pack embarks on a journey to find a new home, Wilf gets lost and quickly learns that his way is made easier with the guidance of a few kind and helpful arctic creatures. Wilf learns a valuable lesson and vows to come to the aid of others in the same way. Readers will be introduced to the cold, vast arctic region and a variety of animals that live there, and will fall in love with Wilf with his ample supply of spunk and bravery. Each page has a lyrical paragraph of rhyming text that is engaging and soothing to read. Its cadence is reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss story. The vocabulary is full-bodied and compelling, driving the intensity of the narrative. The cartoon illustrations are adorable and look ready to be made into an animated film. The punch line says it all: “We’re all just a handful of friendships from home.”
VERDICT Young readers are sure to enjoy this highly relatable picture book of youthful angst and unexpected camaraderie.

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