Title: Walk with a Wolf (Nature Storybooks)
Author: Janni Howker
Illustrator: Sarah Fox-Davies
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book, Non-fiction, Nature
Book format: Paperback
Description: Come on a journey you will never forget – to the far wild north where a she-wolf roams with her pack…
*Free copy provided by publisher as part of the ‘Nature Storybooks: Every Wonderful Word is True’ collection, for review…
Review: This is a beautiful book with some truly stunning illustrations. The book is shorter than A4 in height but wider and is filled with thick glossy pages of some beautiful and colourful illustrations and text. The story is all about the life of a wolf, the various things wolves do to and is told in a wonderful way. Although the book is part of the Nature Storybooks collection it is a non-fiction book with a story element that makes it easy to tell children the various things about wolf life.
The book begins by asking us to ‘walk with a wolf’ and briefly describes her habitat and what she looks like before giving us more insight into the life she lives. It explains many things that wolves do such as why they howl, how they hunt, how they rest and sleep. Each page is filled with illustrations and text which is simple to understand but something about this particular book is different to others I’ve read and there’s a beautiful way certain lines are written, starting off new sections with phrases like ‘run with a wolf, charge with a wolf’ and ‘rest with a wolf’. It really engages you and makes want to read on.
The illustrations are some of the most realistic and beautiful I’ve seen! The way the wolves coats look is especially amazing with individual hairs and even eyelashes in some close-up images being visible. The pictures not only show well what is happening in the story but it’s also mesmerising and magical to just look at some of these and I think many children, especially those with an interest in animals, will really love looking back at this again and again for the pictures alone.
The very first page of the book, before the actual ‘story’ begins, has a short description of how wolves used to roam in many countries but are now only found in a few, as well as telling us the setting for this particular tale. The back page has a notes for teachers and notes for parents sections with information on how to use the book. The book actually supports Key Stages 1-2 in Science and English making this a great read for both at home and in the classroom.
There’s something just so beautiful and magical about this book and given the fact that so many people see wolves as only dangerous creatures to be feared, I think many kids would benefit from reading this as it really does make you feel respect for these animals, and you may even grow to love them, especially with such beautiful illustrations!
-Review first appeared online January 2018 – now republished here.
What do you think of wolves? Are you mesmerised by them or does their presence in the wild scare you? What do you think of the illustrations? Let me know what you think in he comments below 🙂