Another monolith to sagacious uplift but unlike Watership Down, to which each animal morality tale is now compared, this is brief and more of a feather with J.L. Seagull. Also, while Adams' rabbits spoke with the solemnity of Steamfitters Union chiefs at a national convention, Stone's wolves are strictly Westchester: ""You must be famished,"" says Elder Wolf to two comrades. The hero -- called ""Wolf"" -- is a solitary advocate of singing -- a practice considered by others of his species as perverted and to be punished in puppies. But Wolf, inspired by mystic visions of the ""Great Dire Wolf,"" knows that singing is the pure release of the wolf soul. On his mission to save his kind from the destruction of spiritual freedom, he picks up an elderly friend, a mate, and disclaiming the ways of those who would rule by simple power, sires a growing tribe of free singing wolves before his death. This may be the Year of the Wolf so don't write it off -- they'll be those who'll wolf it down.