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LOOK TO THE NORTH by Jean Craighead George


A Wolf Pup Diary

by Jean Craighead George & illustrated by Lucia Washburn

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: April 11th, 1997
ISBN: 0-06-023641-8
Publisher: HarperCollins

A charming but sentimental book about the first months in the lives of wolf pups, from birth to young adult. George (There's an Owl in the Shower, 1995, etc.) notes in the introduction that in the "nursing, tumbling, fighting, and growing children of the wild I see all children." The pups- -Boulder, Scree, and Talus--play, chase, fight, challenge each other, develop specialties, learn to howl, hunt, and even care for an injured beta wolf. Talus, the smallest pup, rated the bottom of the pack, gains status because of his superior ability to sniff out game. Finally, the three of them wait for the next litter to be born. Children will enjoy the brief text and softly colored drawings of the pups, their parents, and baby-sitter. Washburn, in her first book, has created sweet tableaux of wolves in the wild: purple and lilac landscapes and fluffy, smiling wolves. (Picture book. 5-9)