Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
A wolf called wander was inspired by a true story. It’s beautiful illustrations bring together a tale about family, courage and survival. I love reading and learning about different animals, especially wolves. This book is for young readers, although I think any age will thoroughly enjoy this story.
We follow the life of a wolf pup named Swift who lives with his pack in the mountains. Swift’s mother impresses on him early that his “pack belongs to the mountains and the mountains belong to the pack.” His father teaches him to hunt elk, avoid skunks and porcupines, revere the life that gives them life, and “carry on”. One day danger erupts and their pack is attacked by enemy wolves. His home and family are lost. Swift has hopes that once the danger is gone, he will come back to his home and find his family…..although truth begins to set in for him. He realizes that he is going to have to make the biggest decision of his young wolf life.
Swift is now alone and starving. He must make a choice: stay and try to survive a desperate life on the borders of his old hunting grounds, or strike out and find a new place to call home. Along his journey, the young wolf encounters men with rifles, hunger, thirst, highways, wild horses, a cougar, and a forest fire. Swift renames himself Wander as he reaches new mountains and finds a new home.
A Wolf Called Wander is based on the extraordinary true story of a wolf named OR-7 (and often called Journey)—a wild wolf who traveled a remarkable 1,000 miles across the Pacific Northwest. You can find out more about him here at this website as well: http://or7expedition.org/