The Girl and the Wolf

The Girl and the Wolf

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"A young girl becomes lost in the woods after wandering too far away from her mother. Scared because she is lost, she encounters a large wolf who reminds her of her own ability to survive and find her mother again."--
Publisher: Penticton, British Columbia :, Theytus Books Ltd.,, 2019
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781926886541
Branch Call Number: je Verm *
Additional Contributors: Flett, Julie


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This picture book for young children is an empowering Indigenous twist on a
classic wolf narrative.

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vpl_childrens Nov 30, 2020

PERFECT PRESENTS 2019: (Interest level: preschool to gr.2) An original story anchored in tradition. When a little girl gets lost in the woods after wandering away from her mother, she is aided by a "tall grey wolf with big white teeth". What will the wolf do and will the girl ever find her way back to camp?

forbesrachel May 12, 2019

The Girl and the Wolf starts out like a Red Riding Hood tale with a young First Nations girl ignoring the warnings of her mother and getting lost in the woods. There she meets a wolf. This is where the narrative takes a sweet turn. As she makes her way back, the wolf asks the girl what she will do, and when she says no, the wolf responds yes you do, and before long she arrives home. While this tale is inspired by traditional stories, it is original, and expresses the good nature of the often vilified wolf. This means that there is a new moral ingrained. During the course of their interaction, the girl learns that before panic strikes, it is important to pause and assess the situation. The wolf's wisdom helps her to make wise decisions. Our initial caution, is quickly soothed by Vermette's story, and the calming effect of Flett's minimalist style. Both creators have delivered another great read for youth.

Fractured fairy tale. Wolf is not antagonist, actually helps young girl lost in the woods. Source Fuse #8 review

Mar 11, 2019

The balance of vulnerability and empowerment is marvelous. That The Girl and the Wolf is a Tale that is situated in reality is powerful: That the girl is capable is Real, the reminder that she is is cloaked in a Tale, or a red dress with pockets.

I can’t love this story enough. I kinda wanna call up my 18 year old in college to read it to her; maybe I’ll buy her a copy. Little girl in a red dress running because you like to run, full of life, vivid against the landscape; and in trouble, “What are you going to do?” “I don’t know” “Yes you do.” “Take a deep breath. Close your eyes, then look.” The wolf and the girl’s relationship provides us with what reads like a mantra.

I love that the girl was so well-equipped, of course she was, she knew what berries were good, that the water was sound, had observed her surroundings. She didn’t run because she was bratty, but that her youth is understood. She has the strength to run, why wouldn’t she. I love that she takes time and thought to express her gratitude; and that it is the last scene, the girl leaving the wolf a gift (with no wolf in sight). The “Author’s Note” tells us that the gift, “Tobacco is one of four sacred medicines.” There is a depth of understanding in her gratitude…not only, I think, that the wolf was a “helping kind,” that the natural world (of which she is a part) can be merciful and patient, but of what the wolf reminded her about herself and what she’d been taught.

Recommended for all the libraries and lovers of Tales…For not only mothers and daughters; and I think this will be an inspiring story for lovers of the out-of-doors, and maybe the anxious.


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Mar 11, 2019

“What are going to do?” asked the wolf.

“I don’t know,” she said sadly.

“Yes you do,” the wolf told her. “Take a deep breath. Close your eyes, then look. What do you see?

The girl did what he said, and when she opened her eyes she saw something that made her feel better.

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