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Bridget and the Gray Wolves School & Library Binding – September 7, 2001

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From Publishers Weekly

Bridget, who doesn't like rough play and won't go near dogs or worms, finds herself separated from her day care group on an autumn walk. In a fairy tale-like turn of events, she becomes surrounded by a pack of yellow-eyed wolves yet doesn't falter for an instant. Addressing them with big-sisterly impatience, she invents games for the wolves to play such as hospital ("In the hospital you have to lie in straight rows, otherwise it looks sloppy") sends them to the bathroom ("The wolves obediently go to their pee trees. And soon it sounds as if it's raining in the forest") and sings to lull them to sleep. In the morning, she finds her day care without trouble; the wolves clamor after her, asking her to come back to play. Lindenbaum (Boodil My Dog) draws a bossy-looking Bridget and a bunch of cowering, abashed-looking wolves in various attitudes of belly-up servility. A scary moment when Bridget first becomes lost and a couple of longwinded passages do not detract from the entertainment. If youngsters can suspend their disbelief at the heroine's abrupt switch in behavior, they may well enjoy this unexpected turn on the theme of summoning one's courage. Ages 4-7.

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2-To Bridget, a small, freckled girl who is afraid of almost everything, taking a risk is unthinkable. While the other children from her day care jump off the playhouse roof, pet a strange dog, and leap over a stream, this worrywart contemplates all of the bad things that could possibly happen in these situations. One day, on an outing, Bridget gets lost in the forest. She meets up with six gray wolves, but instead of being frightened by their snarling and teeth gnashing, she becomes the leader of the pack. She bosses the goofy carnivores around, diverting their attention while she waits to be found. She coaches them at playing "hospital" and climbing trees, though she discovers that they aren't very good at games. After spending the night, the formerly tentative tot finds her way back to her day-care center. The last illustration shows brave Bridget standing on top of the playhouse roof. The watercolor illustrations aptly depict the fanciful action and add greatly to the humorous scenes. An offbeat tale of a scaredy-cat who has the heart of a lion.

Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • School & Library Binding: 36 pages
  • Publisher: R & S Books; 1st edition (September 7, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9129653959
  • ISBN-13: 978-9129653953
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Hurt on October 3, 2008
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a book that at first read (as others have said) is a little strange and abrupt in personality change. At first, she is scared of everything and then later she morphs into this strong girl who makes the best of her situation. She plays with wolves that are more dangerous than the other things she was scared of earlier in the book and finally, says to heck with waiting for someone to save me. I will save myself. My 3 year old daughter loves this book. I ascertained from her answers to my questions that she could identify with sometimes being afraid of everything no matter how small & silly to most and other times being strong and independent in situations that in general others might be strongly afraid to approach. I think its a great book. It took me several reads to appreciate it. My daughter loved it immediately.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on April 7, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
"Bridget and the Gray Wolves" is a children's picture story by Pija Lindenbaum; Kjersti Board is credited as the translator. The book tells about Bridget, a very cautious child who is "afraid of most things." After getting separated from her day care group, Bridget has a friendly encounter with a pack of playful wolves.
I found "Bridget" to be an odd and uneven book: it starts out like a realistic "social situation" type children's book, and unexpectedly morphs into a lighthearted talking animal story. I also felt that Bridget's character changed too abruptly. Still, this is a fun book with goofy, enjoyable artwork. Give it a try!
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By Anna on September 10, 2012
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This is one of Pija Lindenbaum's best books. As with her other books, this one makes both kids and adults laugh, and the illustrations are awesome: very original and extremely skilled. I bought this book for a friend's child and I hope the English version is as funny as the original (in Swedish), which is full of subtle irony and humor. Also, each story contains an underlying message, in this case on how to overcome fear, without ever getting too "preachy". Lindenbaum easily inhabits a child's point of view and imagination. With Bridget, I too, look forward to the bedtime story.
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The story is okay. The wolves are quite quirky and sweet, but Bridget is not too extraordinary.
However, the illustrations are simply wonderful. I adore the grouchy, broody wolves and their scruffy fur and long noses.
I enjoy reading it more than my son does (though he does like it, too; he's 4). ;)
Plus I enjoy the fact that the wolves are not evil or dangerous in this story.
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By chicago on November 15, 2014
Format: School & Library Binding
These books are HILARIOUS. I started reading this to my kids solely based on the fact that my name is Bridget but wasn't at all prepared for how funny and random these books are. I'm getting them all.
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