A Wolf Pup’s Tale by Rachel Yu is a recommended read. For those who are unfamiliar with Rachel Yu, she’s already a prolific children’s eBook writer even though she’s barely old enough to drive a car. She’s got 15 titles on Amazon currently, many available in both eBook format and paperback.
This particular book takes the reader through quite a day in the life of a baby wolf named Rugmo. Rugmo has a taste for adventure, which causes him to get in a bit of trouble when he escapes from a wildlife preserve.
The message in the book is clear: not taking heed of parental advice can land you in quite a pickle. But there are also undertones of the value of helping strangers, as when a redtail hawk helps Rugmo escape from a dogcatcher who mistakes Rugmo for a stray.
One aspect of the book that’s a little contrary to what the book’s theme seems to be is when Rugmo makes it back into the wildlife preserve by the skin of his teeth, but then rejoices in his time of rebellion that almost landed him in the dog pound. Rugmo says, “Wait until I tell my brothers and sisters. They’ll be so jealous.” A simple “I’ll never do that again,” would have been more in agreement with the theme of the book.
Nonetheless, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from buying this book. At $0.99 it’s a great deal. The illustrations are colorful and they capture the child’s attention. It’s great to see hand-painted, non-digital illustrations such as are in A Wolf Pup’s Tale. Overall this is a great book and give it 4 out of 5 stars.
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