A classic with a twist. The hungry but not yet guilty old wolf is tending his weedy vegetable garden when he hears the young boy call his name. He hurries to the scene, but stays hiding while he watches the villagers get upset with the boy for making them run to the pasture for no good reason. The third time he hears the boy call him, he concocts a plan. Knowing the villagers won’t believe the boy this time, he figures he can get one of those tasty goats to fill his hungry old stomach. But this old wolf is a reasonable character. He cuts a deal with the boy to rebuild trust with the villagers and still satisfies his hunger (in an unexpected way).
This book is beautiful and poignant. A child has an idea. But he doesn’t know what to do with it. He tries to ignore it. He walks away from it. But it follows him. And soon, he discovers that he’s happiest when he is around his idea, and so he decides to take care of it, share it with people, nourish it, until one day his idea takes flight! The illustrations are simple and yet crafted with care – the thoughtful use of color adds an unexpected emotional appeal.