This is a truly wonderful book. The illustrations have an old-fashioned feel to them, but they work well for the story. The bunny family comes home one day to find a baby wolf has been left on their doorstep. They adopt him into the family and mom and dad fall totally in love with him. Young Dot, however, realizes that wolves usually eat bunnies and tries to warn her family.
Dots feelings are a good reflection of the feelings that some children have when a new baby comes to the family. Their world is turned upside down and it is confusing and upsetting.
There is a perfect moment in the story to work with students on inference. Dot and Wolfie go to the store and encounter another animal. You can’t see the entire animal in the illustration, but there are clues as to who it is. This would be a great moment to stop and have children study the illustration and predict who it is.
This is also a pivotal moment in the story when Dot has to figure out her feelings for Wolfie. An all around wonderful book!