Friday, October 6, 2017

Wolf in the Snow

Wolf in the Snow. Matthew Cordell. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]

 First sentence: Bark! bark! bark!

Premise/plot: Wolf in the Snow is nearly wordless. Technically, it's not wordless. It features words like "bark," "huff," "whine," "growl," and "howl." The story isn't hard to follow--which is nice. A young girl, on her way home from school, gets lost in a snow storm or blizzard. A young wolf cub gets lost--separated from the pack--as well. These two find each other. But will they find their way to where they belong?

My thoughts: It was okay. I did appreciate that the story was easy to follow. I have read some wordless or nearly wordless books that made little sense--at least on first reading.

There are several scenes before the title page. After the title page, the first scene shows a LOT of children leaving school all bundled up. We follow one little girl, wearing a RED COAT. She meets a WOLF. I do hope the other children made it home safely. The school appeared to be a one-room schoolhouse. It definitely has an old school feel about it. (The home she lives at appears to be a log cabin type home.) I do like how the wolf pack help the girl and help her get rescued. That was nice.

Is the story meant to be historical? If it was. WHY do the two men searching for the girl carry flashlights?! And if the story isn't historical, where is it set that a one room school house makes sense?! I'm not sure a child would ask these types of questions. (Though maybe they would.) But I had questions that were not answered. I was left puzzled by this one.

Text: 2 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 5 out of 10

© 2017 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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