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Dream wolf
Goble, Paul.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bradbury Press, 1990.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
When two Plains Indian children become lost, they are cared for and guided safely home by a friendly wolf.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The friendly wolf. 1st American ed. 1974.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 18668.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Fairy Tales

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When two Plains Indian children become lost, they are cared for and guided safely home by a friendly wolf.

Author Notes

Paul Goble was born in Haslemere, Surrey, England on September 27, 1933. He was a sharpshooter in the British military from 1951 to 1953. In 1959, he received a National Diploma in Design, with honors, from the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London. While working in freelance industrial design and teaching at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, he and his first wife Dorothy Lee wrote four picture books. In 1977, he decided to become a full-time author and illustrator and accepted a position as the artist-in-residence at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. He and Lee divorced in 1978.

He was best known for his picture books inspired by Native American culture and lore including Buffalo Woman, Iktomi and the Boulder: A Plains Indian Story, and Crow Chief: A Plains Indian Story. He received the Caldecott Medal in 1979 for The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. He died from Parkinson's disease on January 5, 2017 at the age of 83.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A wolf guides two lost children home in this Plains Indian tale; the "straightforward text evokes rich emotions," said PW of this "magnificent" picture book. Ages 5-8. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 4-- New text, jacket, and rich reproduction of the color art mark this revised edition of The Friendly Wolf (Bradbury, 1974; o.p.). The basic story remains the same: two young Plains Indian children get lost while berry-picking, and are protected and led home by a wolf which is then honored by the children's people. Goble has made the wolf in this version less terrifying to the children in keeping with his more overt message about modern treatment of wolves by human beings. His ending assumes the wolves' absence until ``we . . . have the wolves in our hearts and dreams again.'' This mild didacticism does not add to the tale, nor, unfortunately, does the rewritten text. While some of the language has been improved, much of the story's flow is lost to a string of declaratives; it smacks of easy readerizing, and the truncation of the original is often awkward and confusing. This is particularly disappointing because the new illustrations and print layout are so much more appealing: this effort could have been a real knockout. Illustrations that were slightly murky and muddy now appear brilliant and distinct, vividly showing off Goble's trademark style--thin white space outlining the stylized figures in glorious traditional Plains Indian garb. Good ``good wolf'' stories are hard to come by, and offer a discussion-rich (not to mention politically correct) contrast to the abundance of good ``bad wolf'' tales out there; this will be a useful addition to the former, but it is not something worth howling about. -- Nancy Palmer, The Little School, Bellevue, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.