Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow book cover

A wordless story about two unlikely friends coming together to help each other.

Picture book, fiction, wordless
Interest level: K-3
4 out of 5 stars

A little girl who is lost in a snowstorm encounters a wolf cub who is lost as well. They come together to comfort each other as the girl struggles through the snow. They follow the howls of the wolves looking for the cub and the cub is reunited with his pack. As the girl struggles on through the snow, the pack follows her and ultimately keeps her safe when she collapses. The story ends with the girl’s dog and family calling for her until they locate her.

The idea of the two species mirroring each others behavior and taking care of each other when in need is special. I think some children will really like the story, but I have to admit it is a little dire. There is a lot of tension as the girl and wolf cub struggle, especially as the girl becomes so weak she falls in the snow and is unable to get up. That could be disturbing for some children.

I like Matthew Cordell’s illustrations, and the idea of inter species friendship. The theme of caring about others in need is important.

Wolf in the Snow
by Matthew Cordell
Feiwel and Friends, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-25007-636-6

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