- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (February 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811841413
- ISBN-13: 978-0811841412
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,490,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Eyes of Gray Wolf Paperback – February 1, 2004
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The story is a little wordy for very young children. My 4 year old son won't sit through each page because it's really quite long. I would recommend it for ages 5 and up.
The real treasure in this book is the illustrations/artwork. Each page is so beautifully crafted and amazingly detailed, down to each hair on Gray Wolf's coat and the expression in the pack's eyes. Some pages are just breathtaking.
I now have two copies of this book - my original version complete with 12 year old notes and tracing marks, and a brand new copy for my son to discover and love when he's a little bit older. For younger children who are interested in wolves, I would recommend "Walk with a Wolf" by Janni Howker.
While "The Eyes of Grey Wolf" is indeed supposed to be a children's book, it defies description and genre in such unique ways as to make it fit for any age group. Best of all, the story is guaranteed to stay with you, despite taking up only thirty pages.
Written in a short, to-the-point, and almost poetic prose style that conjures up Native American folk tales, the book is equal parts kids book and adult literature. And the paintings? Absolutely glorious in their realistic depiction of Gray Wolf's adventure on a snowy, moonlit night. The effect of combining both the stylized writing and luminous art is an almost magical tale that could have come from Native legends.
Included at the end is a page or two with factual information on wolves, and contact information for some wolf conservation groups. Overall, an excellent book for any youngster's report on wolves, endangered species, or the environment.
The book is relatively short, but do not let that dissuade you from purchasing it. Once you've read it, you'll be glad to have "The Eyes of Grey Wolf" in your collection.
To author London and illustrator Van Zyle, I say thank you for putting this project together.
Simple read for younger elementary school students with amazing illustrations.