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Finding ways to help

Cover of Wolf in the Snow
A review of Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell

Winner of the coveted 2018 Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children, Wolf in the Snow artistically explores themes of moving beyond fear and mistrust of “the other” to a place of caring and helping. Cordell’s watercolor illustrations depict a little girl and a wolf cub who find each other in a blizzard that renders each of them lost from their families and homes. The star characters find a way to help each other find their respective homes/families again. With references to Little Red Riding Hood, and other tales that vilify wolves, this nearly wordless picture book pushes beyond stereotypes and would make a great discussion-starter for kids aged 4 & up.

April 5, 2018