A Library of the School of EducationDPIUW-Madison School Of EducationUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUW-Madison LibraryUW-Madison Catalog
Home
About the CCBC
Authors and Illustrators
Recommended Books for Children and Young Adults
CCBC Calendar and Events
CCBC-Net
CCBC Podcasts
CCBC Publications
Intellectual Freedom
Links

Support the CCBC
Support the CCBC
Are you a...K-12 TeacherLibrarianEarly Childhood Care ProviderUW Student / Faculty

Eye of the Wolf

by Daniel Pennac
Illustrated by Max Grafe
Translated by Sarah Adams, from the French


Published by U.S. edition: Candlewick Press, 2003
111 pages
ISBN: 0-7636-1896-9

Ages 9 - 12

A wolf torn away from the Yukon by hunters has been captive in a zoo for ten years when the boy first appears in front of his cage. The boy stares at the one-eyed wolf for hours, for days. The wolf, uncertain what to make of such tenacity, finally tries to meet the child's gaze, and is surprised when the boy closes one eye, placing them on equal terms. Their two eyes literally become the windows through which each observes the other's past. The wolf, raised in the wilderness of the far north, lost his freedom saving his sister, whose bravery and curiosity led her into the lair of the men who would kill her for her pelt. The boy, whose name is Africa, came from and traveled across that diverse continent. He witnessed war and environmental destruction, and his status as a child meant his fate was always determined by the others. One has paid a tremendous price for his loyalty; the other has been sustained throughout his extraordinary, mythical journey by the loyalty of animals who loved him even as adults were casting him away. Finally, the boy is adopted by loving adults, although they must flee their home when the land is stripped beyond recognition and drought sets in. Both boy and wolf now find themselves in "The Other World," our western world. In an act of compassion and solidarity, the boy embraces the wolf's pain as his own. In doing so, he teaches the wolf to trust, releasing him from the cage of his own bitterness in a mystical story that is firmly grounded in issues that young readers can connect with, such as friendship and trust, the ethics of wild animals in captivity, and the impact of environmental devastation. CCBC Categories: Fiction for Children.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


book cover
Book of the Week

ACCESSIBILITY POLICY:
In accordance with the UW-Madison Accessibility Policy, this site makes every effort to comply with the World Wide Web standards defined in the Federal Rehabilitation Act Section 508, specifically subsections 1194.22 and subsection 1194.31. If you need additional resources or have any questions or concerns about this site, please contact the site administrator for more information.
UW crest