Little Wise Wolf (Hardcover)
Kids Can Press, 9781525305498, 34pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
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Books have taught Little Wise Wolf many things. But perhaps he's not quite as wise as he thinks he is. A small wolf spends all his time reading big books and discovering new stars. Because he knows so much, everyone calls him Little Wise Wolf, and many of his neighbors come to him with questions. However, with so many big books still to read, he simply does not have time to answer them. Then, one day, he is summoned by the king's crow: the king is gravely ill, and only Little Wise Wolf can heal him. It is a long way to the king's castle, and Little Wise Wolf finds he is unprepared for the arduous journey. Tired and hungry, he begins to doubt how wise he really is, as there are many things he does not know about the world. Things the other animals know all about it. But will they help him? In this big story disguised as a small one, Gijs van der Hammen deftly explores the value of relationships and the interconnectedness of us all. It highlights for young children the important life lesson that everyone has unique skills and knowledge, so everyone in a community matters --- and we all need the help of others sometimes. Beautifully told and richly illustrated by Hanneke Siemensma, this engaging read-aloud has the timeless appeal of a folktale. It would be an excellent choice to begin conversations about the social studies concept of community and the character education topics of kindness and empathy.
About the Author
Author Gijs van der Hammen writes stories and poems for children and also develops websites. Little Wise Wolf is his first book published in English. He lives in the Netherlands.
Illustrator Hanneke Siemensma studied fine arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. For her work on Little Wise Wolf, Hanneke was nominated for the 2020 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. She lives in the Netherlands.