Wolf in the Snow

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Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell

Publisher’s Summary:
A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts.

Primary Source Pairing:
As a wordless picture book, Wolf in the Snow depends on the reader to closely study the illustrations, the emotions of the characters, the setting, and the action to fully comprehend the story. For this primary source pairing, invite students to closely analyze the illustrations on page 25-26. This two-page spread features the girl with the wolf pup on the left and the mother wolf on the right. Discuss the importance of these pages in the story and how the story develops after you turn the page and finish the story.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Describe what you see.
  • What do you notice first?
  • What’s happening in the image?
  • How are they arranged?
  • What is the physical setting?
  • How do you feel when you look at the illustration of the girl?
  • How do you feel when you look at the illustration of the wolf?
  • How does the story end after the wolf is returned to its family?
  • How does the wordless format of this picture book help tell the story of the girl and the wolves?
  • How would words contribute to the story? What would you write?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett

Additional Resource:
Wolf in the Snow blog post by Matthew Cordell: http://matthewcordell.blogspot.com/2017/10/wolf-in-snow.html