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The Way Home for Wolf

The Way Home For Wolf

Published: 5 Sep 2019

Paperback / softback, 32 pages

Recommended for age 3+ and 5+

By Rachel Bright

Illustrated by Jim Field

Published by Hachette Children's Group

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A sparkling story of friendship, set in the snowy Arctic, from the bestselling creators of The Lion Inside. Wolf cub Wilf doesn't want help from anyone. Whatever it is, he can do it all by himself.

But when Wilf finds himself lost and alone in the chill of the Arctic night, he discovers something important: sometimes we all need the helping hand of a friend. This positive rhyming tale of friendship and community is perfect for stubbornly independent little cubs everywhere! Look out for more heart-tingling tales from Rachel Bright and Jim Field:The Lion Inside,The Koala Who CouldThe Squirrels Who Squabbled

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Reviewed by Rachel Elvidge

The Way Home for Wolf is the latest brilliant book from the duo behind The Lion Inside and The Koala Who Could.

Rachel Bright and Jim Field bring us the story of Wilf, a feisty young wolf cub, who is sure he could lead the pack, if only they would let him. When he gets lost in a snowstorm, he learns that even independent wolf cubs can benefit from the kindness of strangers. Hidden in the Northern Lights are a collection of animals, which appear one by one to guide him back to his family and safety.

This is a lyrical, rhyming text and is rich in evocative vocabulary. Children will enjoy listening and learning these new words in context. The animals of the tundra are portrayed with real character both in the text and the illustrations, which means this book would be a wonderful introduction to a topic on polar animals. There is lots to learn and explore.

All in all, The Way Home for Wolf is a lovely read for a KS1 class. The overriding message of the book is that we all sometimes need a little help and that a ‘handful of friendships’ can make all the difference in the world.

Rachel has 20 years experience in primary school teaching, most recently running reading interventions in an Ofsted Outstanding school in Essex. A firm believer that there is always something new to learn, she recently completed an MA in Early Childhood Education. In the same spirit, she also attends latin and ballroom lessons, sadly with a less than impressive outcome! Rachel works for Just Imagine as an Education Consultant, currently overseeing The Reading Journey.