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THE WILD GIRL by Chris Wormell


by Chris Wormell & illustrated by Chris Wormell

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8028-5311-0
Publisher: Eerdmans

A wild girl (“no one to brush her hair, or wash her face, or tie her shoelaces . . .”) and her small brown dog survive in the mountain wilderness without ever seeing evidence of another living soul. “She had to learn things for herself.” The loneliness is heartbreakingly palatable, until one day a giant bear discovers their cave and leaves her footprints going inside and out. When the girl chases away the bear, she discovers the cub that’s been left behind. What follows is an unexpected story of compassion by the British author and illustrator, who also manages to cleverly combine humor and suspense to relay the idea that resources may be pooled in a time of need: The girl shares her cave, the bear shares her body heat and the dog shares . . . his fleas. Soft illustrations depict the emotions of the characters (the bears are especially affecting), while clearly portraying how beautiful the changing landscape is throughout the seasons. Absolutely charming. (Picture book. 3-7)