PPBF: The Wolves of Currumpaw

WolvesOfCurrumpawCoverAuthor/Illustrator: William Grill
Publisher: Flying Eye Books, 2016
Age: 7-14
Themes: wolves, wildlife conservation, New Mexico
OpeningHalf a million wolves once roamed freely across North America, but with the arrival of European settlers the habitats of the animals began to change.

Summary: (from my library catalog) Lobo, the legendary leader of a band of cattle-killing wolves has been terrorizing cattle ranchers and their livestock in the American Southwest. Bounty hunter Ernest Thompson Seton, sets out to trap and exterminate Lobo. “A beautiful re-telling of the first story from Ernest Thompson Seton’s 1898 Classic, Wild Animals I Have Known”–publisher.

WolvesOfCurrumpaw1Resources/Activities: Why I like this book: I deeply admire William Grill’s visual storytelling skills (see my recommendation for Shackleton’s Journey HERE) and was so pleased to find this in the library! I made myself a nice cup of coffee and sat down with it as soon as I got home but barely took a sip, I was so riveted. By the time I finished my coffee was cold, and I was sopping up my tears! A sad AND beautifully told story you will not regret reading. I promise!

WolvesOfCurrumpaw2For more Perfect Picture Book picks with teacher/parent resources, check out the list on Susanna Hill’s blog HERE.



PPBF: Shackleton’s Journey

ShackletonCoverAuthor/Illustrator: William Grill
Publisher: Flying Eye Books, 2014
Ages: 7 and up
Themes: Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, explorers, Antarctica
Opening: Introduction: Born on 15 February 1874, Shackleton was the second of ten children.
Summary: (from my library’s catalog) Presents a visual narrative of Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to Antarctica during which his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in ice, forcing the crew on a desperate trek to seek rescue.


I like this book because: it’s GORGEOUS and just the kind of book I would have wanted as a kid – glorious, expansive spreads illustrated with my favorite energy-yielding media – pencils! Oh, and lists, more lists, and maps! I can’t say why, but some of the images are less crisp than others, and that was a little disappointing, but no matter – they bedazzle so much you still feel a chill!


Resources/activities: great read for any unit on exploration; track the journey on a class room map with yarn; more activities on the Endurance Voyage from PBS Nova Teachers – HERE


More PPBF picks on Susanna Hill’s blog – HERE