Little Wolf is an empowering and inspirational tale of a young wolf’s quest to overcome his fear and express himself in song. Little Wolf despairs of ever being heard amidst the noisy barks and growls of his fellow pups during the Big Howling Ceremony. Will his inability to howl exclude him from the pack?
Donnelly has an admirable eye for angles and colour and his animated illustrations breathe life into an entertaining array of woodland creatures. The predominantly green and purple colour scheme immerses young readers into beautiful landscapes of forests, valleys, mountains, and streams and may encourage the development of mini nature lovers. Children may not be able to resist using their own voices to imitate the pup’s growls, barks, howls, and squeaks.
The artwork is full of feeling, perfectly conveying Little Wolf’s trajectory from dejection to proud acceptance. The final image of Little Wolf’s solo moonlit performance atop Howling Rock is a rallying cry to embrace individuality and may inspire young imaginations to celebrate their own differences which ultimately make them special.
Little Wolf is a beautiful reminder that little pups all around the world share many of the same worries and emotions. Children of every identity, race, or culture may see their own fears reflected and Little Wolf’s triumph may be the perfect launchpad for them to explore and take pride in their own unique expressions of voice. For the little reader in need of confidence-building, I highly recommend this uplifting, poignant, tender, and sincere book.