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The Little Wolves

Illustrated by Józef Wilkon
Published by NorthSouth Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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About The Book

"With themes of self-discovery, testing limits, and the importance of family bonds, this short tale effectively evokes the excitement of new discoveries." –Booklist

A journey of discovery through the nocturnal forest!

While mother wolf is on the hunt, her four little wolves venture out of their burrows for the first time to find a night filled with new scents and promises. 

After befriending a hedgehog, discovering their own reflections, and escaping from a hunter they are happy to return home when their mother calls. 

The newly written text by Svenja Herrmann complements the magical illustrations by Józef Wilkon.

About The Author

Svenja Herrmann was born in 1973 in Frankfurt am Main and grew up in the canton of Zug. Svenja studied German literature, legal history and constitutional law and today works as a writer. For many years she has worked in education, where she has been inspiring children and adolescents in literature. She lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

About The Illustrator

Józef Wilkon was born in Bogucice, Poland. He studied painting and art history in Krakow. In Poland he is considered one of the most famous illustrators of books for children and adults. Józef Wilkon draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, such as the folk art of his homeland and ancient Greek paintings. There is also a walk-in ark among his sculptures. He lives with his son Piotr near Warsaw. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: NorthSouth Books (March 3, 2020)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780735843974
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"The muted colors of the watercolor images encapsulate the feeling of a chilly woodland landscape as well as the varied emotions of this waylaid wolf pack. Designed for elementary school–aged readers, the wolves' exploits showcase the emerging independence young children are also experiencing in a way that is at once accessible and educational."

– School Library Journal

"Striking art by Polish artist Wilkon recall traditional Chinese ink paintings, with naturalistic forms and a palette of earth colors. There is something reassuring about spreading the story’s focus over a group of similar, unnamed main characters. They are never alone, even when they are lost, and they experience outdoor firsts without rivalry or conflict between them."

– Publishers Weekly

The magic of the story, though, is not in its modest action but in Herrmann's lovely lyrical language, which ambles along generously...there is an overall endearingly soothing and comfortable quality to this tale. A quiet interlude of innocence.

– Kirkus Reviews

With themes of self-discovery, testing limits, and the importance of family bonds, this short tale effectively evokes the excitement of new discoveries. 

– Lucinda Whitehurst, Booklist

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