Little Wolf's Song
written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
(Boxer Books) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
Little Wolf cannot find his howl. All he can produce is a squeak. His brothers and sisters howl in sweet harmony with his parents, but Little Wolf is unable to join. The siblings are not kind by teasing him with the name of "Squeaky". Mom and Dad reassure him by saying that his howl will come in time. One day while chasing snowflakes, Little Wolf wanders away until he becomes lost. Darkness approaches and a beautiful full moon rises in the sky. This inspires Little Wolf to do something he has never done before.
Little Wolf's Song runs in the same vein as books like the classic Leo the Late Bloomer where the main character takes longer than expected to accomplish something. These books are such a help in early grades where students are trying so many new things and some students develop faster than others. I also appreciate the encouragement provided by Little Wolf's parents. This book would be a good mentor text for teaching problem/solution and beginning/middle/end. As an "after reading" activity, you could have a discussion with students about things they have struggled with (riding a bike, tying shoes) and how they finally succeeded.
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Below is a link to an article from HowStuffWorks titled "Do Wolves Really Howl At the Moon?" Video is included with the article:
Conger, Cristen. "Do wolves really howl at the moon?" 28 July 2008. HowStuffWorks.com. <http://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/wolves-howling-at-moon.htm> 24 February 2011.