The Little Wolves
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.
Striking art by Polish artist Wilkoń 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.
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
The magic of the story, though, is not in its modest action but in Herrmann's lovely lyrical language, which ambles along generously (this is not a concise narrative), and, most especially, in Wilkoń's viscerally empathetic illustrations. His use of warm, rich colors and amorphous shapes brings a sense of life and atmosphere to the whole even as they evoke in the renderings of the cubs a childlike wonder and innocence.
With themes of self-discovery, testing limits, and the importance of family bonds, this short tale effectively evokes the excitement of new discoveries.