Look to the North: A Wolf Pup Diary

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by George, Jean Craighead. Illustrated by Lucia Washburn. (HarperCollins, 1998 ISBN 0064435105. Order Info.) Picture Book. Grades Prek+.

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We follow three new wolf pups in the den in the far north. A record of the passing time is expressed in number of weeks at the top left of each spread. Italic sentences tell what its happening at that time in the world of many readers. A vignette on the opposite page illustrates a part of that experience while the large illustrations and the major part of the text shows how the baby wolves are progressing.


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Activities


MathTime, Calendar
Mark the times indicated in the book on a calendar and then go back to the book. This time, state the month as you read each event.

Language Arts MathComparing Literature, Time, Calendar
Find and read the book, Happy Birth Day featured on page 38 of Picture Books in the Classroom. Use the calendar from the activity above and mark down what the baby would be capable of doing at that age, if it is born at the same time the wolf pups are.

ScienceWolves
Write down a list of facts about wolves that you learned from this book. Then read Seymour Simon's book Wolves on page 218 of Picture Books in the Classroom. Add facts to your list from that book.

Language ArtsMain Idea
Why do you think Jean Craighead George wrote this book? What does she want you to know?

Language ArtsFact and Fiction, Main Idea
Compare this book to Seymour Seymour's book Wolves (see page 218 of Picture Books in the Classroom) and Walk with a Wolf by Janni Howker (Candlewick, 2002 ISBN 0763618721). Then make up a chart like the one below.

TITLE AUTHOR FICTION OR FACT WHAT THE AUTHOR WANTS US TO KNOW
Look to the North Jean Craighead George Fact How baby wolves learn from the bigger wolves. How the whole pack cares for the babies.
Walk With a Wolf Janni Howker Fiction What a day in the life of one wolf is like.

Social StudiesMap Skills
On a globe, locate some of the places where Jean George's book could have happened. Locate some of the places where the person could be who sees the other things in the book like the arrival of red-wing blackbirds.

Language ArtsComparing Personal Experience
Do all the things mentioned in the part of the book in italic print happen in your part of the world? Which ones do not? Change those things to those that do happen in your area.

Math ScienceCalendar, Weather, Climate
Mark on a calendar the time of the year when, if ever, you can expect to see snow in your area. When does the weather start to get hot? When do green things start to grow? When do the leaves turn brown?

Social StudiesCommunity
Notice how the whole wolf pack helps to care for the cubs. What other animals are part of a community? How does your community help to raise children?

ScienceFood Chain
Make food chains for each animal mentioned in the book.

Related Books

cover art Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young. (1989, Philomel. ISBN 9780399216190. Order Info.) Picture Book. 32 pages. Gr 2-9.
This tale from China is a version of Little Red Riding Hood. A mother leaves her three daughters while she visits their granny. While she's gone a wolf comes to their door disguised as their granny. It's the illustrations that bring this book to a high level. Young uses panels which echo Chinese decorative screens as well as full page spreads on which the image of the wolf is sometimes subtle but ubiquitous. It won the Caldecott Medal. We highly recommend it.

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