Sylvie and the Wolf
by Andrea Debbink
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Pub Date 23 May 2023 | Archive Date 26 May 2023
Sounds True Publishing, Sounds True
Sylvie’s fear of the Wolf makes her world small. But when she is able to confront her fear, a wonderful discovery and healing unfolds.
Sylvie lives high in the mountains, where shadow meets light, wild streams follow twisting paths, and animals run free in the forest. Sylvie is not afraid of anything—until she meets the Wolf.
She keeps her fear a secret, and it begins to control her life and makes her world small. Finally, with the encouragement of a loving aunt, Sylvie is able to confront her fear and learns that, instead of running or hiding, she can move forward and live alongside it.
A beautifully told story that helps children learn how to emotionally care for themselves, show love and empathy to others, and understand the negative nature of secrets.
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Average rating from 29 members
Sylvie and the Wolf is a must read! First of all, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful! That captured me right away! The story itself is about a brave little girl named Sylvie. She lives high in the mountains and is not afraid of anything. Or is she? This story captures the innocence of youth and the fears that are within us all. This book would lend itself to a great discussion about overcoming fears with a child of any age. I am very much looking forward to reading this book to my 3rd grade students!
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advanced readers copy.
A captivating story of a little girl facing her fears with the help of her Aunt, who comes alongside her to confront them. Gorgeous illustrations and powerful message. Highly recommended for children and/or adults. Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.
A story that is both suspenseful and meaningful in how it addresses the issue of fear in a child. The stunning illustrations capture the winter wonderland and the natural world wonderfully. Absolutely loved it!
This endearing little book is a joy to read and will undoubtedly be a suspenseful and captivating read for young readers! I loved the artwork; it was suitable for the story and perfectly captured the winter atmosphere. It also showed fear in an interesting way and I liked how it was resolved in the end.
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read the ARC
Story of a strong willed little girl who tests her boundaries to explore her world and dreams of the day of exploring the world. She goes to the edge of their village to the edge of the forest to dream of her future to one day be interrupted by the sound which she believes is the howl of a wolf. This girl believes she faces her fears but does retreat to the safety of home then her own room. Her world has become so much smaller until her aunt suggests they go walking and they end up at the edge of the forest then you will have to discover what happens next. A definite recommendation for very young readers or youngsters who like to listen to a good story. Recommending with two arms up and jazz hands showing! Thank you to the following for allowing me to review early:
Pub Date: 26 May 2023
Just in time for a summer reading project!
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read the ARC. This was a beautiful book with a wonderful message for readers. The illustrations communicated the idea of fear in an interesting way. This book has a positive message for everyone
Thank you NetGalley, Sounds True Publishing, the author Andrea Debbink and illustrator Merce Lopez for an early e-arc of the book.
“But secrets are heavy and are hard to carry alone.”
“Courage would take time and practice.”
This is the story of Sylvie and her fear of the wolf. It is a story about facing and overcoming your fears. It was charming and very atmospheric specially with the snow covering the pages. It was a wonderful experience to trudge though the snowy lands and wade through the excellent storytelling and stunning illustrations. Chef’s kiss . Highly recommend.
I received an arc of this title from NetGalley for an honest review. Sylvie lives in the mountains and isn't afraid of anything until a wolf becomes involved, and then the fear of the wolf starts to take over her life. Great story about facing your fears and what you can learn from doing so.
Sylvie and the Wolf is a splendid book with an important message for all ages. Sylvie is a young girl who lives "high in the mountains, where shadow meets light." This lovely phrase is characteristic of the book's writing as well as its illustrations.
Sylvie is not afraid of anything and roams the forest and land surrounding her house. She dreams of the wider world she will someday enjoy. Mercè López's drawings are brimming with the joy Sylvie experiences in her beautiful surroundings. Climbing trees, sliding along with streams, and running with various animals are a routine part of Sylvie's life. That is, until a shadow moves, she sees the glint of teeth and hears the growl of a Wolf! Sylvie keeps this encounter a secret. She is so afraid of her formerly safe world that she stops exploring, and her wondrous realm becomes a tiny space indoors. López's illustrations again perfectly portray the transient darkness of the wolf and the gloom of Sylvie's world.
The book is at heart a children's book, but the message of not allowing our anxiety or fear to take over our lives is a valid directive for any age.
Thank you to NetGalley and publisher Sounds True for the ARC of this charming book.
Sylvie and the Wolf by Andrea Debbink is a story about dealing with anxiety and finding the courage to confront your fears.
Sylvie is a young girl who lives near the woods. She has never been afraid of anything until she encounters the Wolf. Suddenly, the world around her becomes very small as she shuts herself away from the fear of that which is largely unknown.
This is a beautifully illustrated story with an important message about experiencing anxiety. There is a takeaway here for readers of any age. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Sounds True Publishing for an ARC.
I have just read an arc copy of this book and I have to tell you it is stunning!!!
The story revolves around Sylvie, who has let the fear of the "wolf" build up around her, learning to over come it and get back to the fun of exploring.
The story is just beautiful - perfect for the littles in your life who are starting to explore/acknowledge their feelings of fear and anxiety.
The illustrations are BEYOND STUNNING The colour palettes, tone and texture perfectly conveny the emotion of each page and I love how the book both warms and lightens up as the mood lifts. Just beautiful.
This book is a perfect pick for readers of all ages who are looking to explore the concepts of fear and shame, and how to deal with these big-feelings in a healthy way.
Interesting story about a girl who is brave, and suddenly was in fear of wolf. In the form of children book, to encourage kids not to be afraid. But also a good reminder for adults, that being afraid of something is normal, and we have to face it in order to overpower the fear itself.
This book is lovely in both text and illustrations. It is absolutely gorgeously drawn and the story is suspenseful for a picture book. I love that it is essentially about conquering fears which is something we don't see very often in picture books. I recommend this for purchase for libraries and home.
Sylvie is afaid of nothing until she meets the wolf...
Sounds True and Net Galley Let me read this book. It will be published May 23rd.
She sees the dark shadow of the wolf and runs home. Soon she's not going anywhere. But her guardian goes out with her and she makes a discovery.
Can you guess what it is?
This was a good read.
I accessed a digital review copy of this book from the publisher.
The book follows Sylvie as she walks in the woods. She encounters a wolf that causes her to become afraid.
The book explores how fear can grow and get out of hand. Sylvie thinks she sees the wolf everywhere after she first sees it. The dog has grown up on its own and has become afraid of people. In both cases, the fear has grown out of control.
The children loved this, beautiful but a bit scary. The illustrations really were the star in this book. They keep going back to read it themselves (and read it to the younger ones too). A success on our (digital) bookshelf.
Thank you to the author, Sounds True Publishing and NetGalley, for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This beautifully illustrated children's book about dealing with anxiety tackles the question of facing your fears head-on, giving the title character a wonderfully supportive aunt, who encourages her to take small steps, together, to confront the things that have been making her anxious. The child I read this with immediately transposed the setting to her own life, and loved the message.
This is a simple and short story but very profound. I loved the artwork and the concept of how fearless we can be in our childhood until the first time we are truly hurt or scared by something we don’t understand, Sylvia recovers in the most beautiful way possible not only by confronting her fear of the wolf she thinks is lurking close to her home, but by finding something old and yet new and unexpected and helping another innocent soul to heal and recover with patience and love. This should not be dismissed as a childish book, it is deep and tremendously touching and so so wonderful.
Sylvie and the wolf was a most surprising story about facing your fears, and being surprised in the process. Sylvie begins as an outgoing little girl who, through fear turns in to herself, and doesn’t enjoy the things she’s always enjoyed in the past. After Sylvie confides in a trusted adult, she is helped to face her fear, and is surprised by what she confronts. We enjoyed reading about Sylvie, and I think it would be very beneficial for a child who feels paralyzed by some fear that plagues them.