There is something truly magical about forming a bond with a wild animal. Do I need to say that one must exercise caution? However one doesn’t need to exercise caution when a bond is formed between a boy, a wolf, and the human reading the story. Such is the case with Whispers of the Wolf by Pauline Ts’o.
This book is also perfect for Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.
Whispers of the Wolf is a beautifully illustrated story for children ages 5 and older. Set among the Pueblo Indians before their contact with Europeans, it tells the story of a young Pueblo boy named Two Birds, coming to know himself through the friendship he has with a small wolf pup that he found while out hunting and gathering herbs with his grandfather.
Two Birds who before the wolf pup entered his life was very much a loner. The wolf pup, however, became an ice breaker and helped Two Birds interact with his peers. During their time together, Two Birds becomes an impeccable story-teller using his wolf as the vehicle to do this. In time, the wolf hears the cries of his fellow wolves in the wild and longs to be with them. Two Birds loved the wolf and understood is the desire and let him go.
Whispers of the Wolf is a beautiful picture book set around 500 years ago among the Pueblo Indians of the desert Southwest. A heartwarming piece of historical fiction, it weaves together themes of community, tradition, self-esteem, and respect for all life, creating a realistic portrait of a culture that continues to exert a vibrant, living influence today. -Amazon
In her first release Whispers of the Wolf, Pauline Ts’o wanted to create characters who could have actually lived before the Spanish came and colonized. Many Native American communities in the American Southwest live in villages called Pueblos, in fact, the word Pueblo means the village in Spanish. The pueblos of today are distinct communities, each with their own pueblo name, traditions, stories, songs, foods, and many have their own language.
The story is beautifully captured in rich and captivating pastels. I love her illustrations of the wolf, they are spellbinding.
Pauline Ts’o is an Academy Award-winning visual effects artist who has won many academy awards for her work on Life of Pi, babe, and The Golden Compass. She is also an author, illustrator, and photographer who both wrote and illustrated Whispers of the Wolf.
Whispers of the Wolf is a book that will delight and captivate children, teachers, and parents. I highly recommend and you must know that it has become a family favorite.
Bringing the Book to Life
Would you like to learn more about the Wolf? Here are some very fun facts from the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota. This site not only offers a wonderful insight into the lives of the wolf, but it is also a wonderful place to visit.
Audrey Press’s Head Elf, Becky, has visited this world-renown facility twice and her family has loved it! You can read more details of her family’s most recent visit HERE.
WolfQuest is a web-based video game that simulates the wolf’s hunt for food, habitat, and a mate. Play alone or with friends in on-line multiplayer missions. Learn about wolf ecology by living the life of a wild wolf in Yellowstone National Park. Oddly enough, Head Elf, Becky told me that her family loves these games as well and learned about it from The International Wolf Center. The Center has two computers with this game on it available for visitors to play and learn while on-site!
Books as Gifts
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