by Jo Loring-Fisher
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Pub Date 04 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 24 Jan 2023
Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Allow yourself to be enchanted in this magical story of Sophy, the young girl whose extraordinary adventure with a real wolf helps her discover her inner confidence.
Sophy is a shy girl who struggles to fit in in the outside world. She is happiest at home, playing in her wolf suit in her den. It makes her feel strong like a wolf, fierce like a wolf, and maybe even a little bit brave like a wolf.
She loves her suit so much she decides to wear it to school one day, but it doesn't go well. She tries to talk at school but the words get stuck in her throat and everyone laughs and whispers behind her back. But one day, an extraordinary thing happens…
Sophy is whisked away to a magical snowy land where she meets a wolf and her cub. The unlikely trio roll, run and howl together, playing happily in the snow. Sophy has found friends and nothing can ruin her day… until a big, angry bear appears.
But Sophyfinally finds her voiceand finds the courage she's been looking for all along.
This beautifully told and enchantingly illustrated story carries important themes of overcoming the isolating feeling of being shy, finding friends and most importantly, finding your voice, and will delight readers young and old.
Praise for Jo Loring-Fisher's other books:
Taking Time (Lantana Publishing)
‘A soothing balm in book form’ – The Observer Picture Book Review
‘Children from around the world marvel at small wonders of nature in this dreamy story in verse.’ – The Bookseller
Maisie's Scrapbook (Lantana Publishing) – Winner of the Northern Lights Book Award
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Average rating from 36 members
Love the idea about bravery and standing up for those who matter to you. I love the illustrations. It's quite different and gives the winter vibes!
Thank you, Quarto Publishing Group, for the advance reading copy.
This beautiful story manages to elicit both empathy and inspiration, and I highly recommend it to parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, especially of children who are shy or retiring or uncertain about their place in life, and children who are ignored by peers or bullied. This little girl is very self-aware, but unfortunately she doesn't yet know how to present herself to others, so of course some mock her.
Then a wonderful transformation occurs to model for her how best to demonstrate the good qualities of her favorite animal--wolves--and also the blessings of empathy and compassion.
This was a beautiful book about coming out of your comfort zone to connect with others. The story and illustrations are beautiful. My children were engaged while we read it. They felt empathy for the little girl when the others laughed at her wolf costume. The little girl reminded me a lot of my daughter, who also loves to pretend she’s an animal.
I love the illustrations! They set the tone and the mood of this winter tale of a young girl learning to find her confidence. It's a sweet story about embracing your strengths and differences.
First off, the illustrations in this book are stunning. They’re very atmospheric, makes it feel like you really are in the middle of a forest during winter.
BUT the more important thing is the driving message of this book. The little girl is 100% self-aware and unique in her own way…however, she is teased by other children who don’t understand. She didn’t have the tools socially to respond to that. When she drifts asleep later that evening, a wonderful transformation occurs. She finds self-acceptance and confidence in herself to face her fears and find friends who appreciate her for who she is.
This story would be perfect for teaching empathy, self-love, and could be used for children who also may need help with those social aspects of life.
Thank you, NetGalley for ARC e-reader copy!
Review posted on my Instagram @lizzies_little_library_
Wolf Girl is a sweet story about a shy, imaginative girl who loves wolves. She is very shy around other kids, but feels confident when she's alone and wears her wolf costume. In a dream, she learns it's important to be brave and kind, and employs this knowledge to make friends. The illustrations are stunning and I loved the beautiful message.
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was a sweet story about finding your voice and being comfortable with yourself. The illustrations are fun and the story is imaginative. I think kids will enjoy this book.
I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. This is my new favorite book for 2022. A little girl dresses as a wolf and is made fun of at school. As she cries she is transported to the cold outdoors to live with wolves, but then she wakes up. Was it a dream?
I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books through NetGalley.
Loring-Fisher brings readers into the quiet world of one shy young girl. Sophy wants to be like a wolf and feels bravest when she is in her "den" wearing her wolf costume. She decides to wear the costume to school to be brave but it does not go well. From there, the author takes readers to the woods and interactions with wolves and a bear. Was it a dream? Was it real? It doesn't matter as it is the catalyst for Sophy to find her inner courage and show herself to others at school. Friendship and kindness follow as she, in turn, sees another classmate by themself.
Lovely soft-focused illustrations enhance this story of finding courage and confidence to show yourself to others. This will be a wonderful read aloud for classes and/or a family encouraging young readers to share themselves.
This is a story about a young girl finding her inner strength. I love that she was able to overcome her shyness and make friends. It is a great story with beuatiful artwork.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
This was a wonderful story about finding the courage to make new friends even when it might be hard. I absolutely loved this book and the message it told. The illustrations were beautiful as well. I look forward to adding this book to my daughters library.
Wolf girl an inspiring story about a shy girl who learns to believe in herself.
I loved the simple but powerful illustrations used to help tell the story. I really liked the book cover too.
Beautiful picture book that adults will love. So many layers to the story. Finding one's voice, wearing masks, being true to one's soul, strong girl themes, adjusting to society without losing oneself, putting oneself in another person's shoes, friendship, inclusion, and kindness. At the same time the story is simple enough to be understood by 3 to 6 year olds. And helpful to children struggling to find their place in a crowd.
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