FICTION

The Wolf Who Wanted to Change His Color

tr. from French by Susan Allen Maurin. illus. by Eleonore Thuillier. 32p. Auzou. 2012. pap. $6.95. ISBN 978-2-7338-1945-6.
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PreS-Gr 1—This is a simple color concept book with a moral: be happy with who you are. The illustrations are great attention grabbers as Wolf tries various methods to become something other than his boring gray. He paints himself green but looks like a fat frog; he rolls in mud, only to become smelly and itchy. He even steals feathers from an unhappy peacock to become multicolored, but all the attention he gets from flirtatious female wolves drives him crazy. Being his gray self turns out to be best. Tucked into each simple, colorful picture is a surprise that children will enjoy spotting: a fox hiding behind Wolf's full-length mirror; a frog in his bathroom sink looking lovingly at his green fur, and so on. Children will love this story and be drawn to the bold cover, depicting a wolf puzzling over a handful of swatches against a bright, checkboard background.—Mary Hazelton, formerly at Warren & Waldoboro Elementary Schools, ME

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