Book Review: One Wolf Howls by Scotti Cohn

The best in children’s literature, selected by Jim Whiting.

Scotti Cohn

Scotti Cohn is a freelance writer and editor living in central Illinois. She is the author of six nonfiction books published by The Globe Pequot Press. Her short stories have appeared in numerous magazines for young people, and her poems about animals have appeared in Highlights for Children and Zootles magazines.

For more information about Scotti Cohn and her books, visit www.scotticohn.com. For more information about One Wolf Howls, visit http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/Wolf.php. You will be able to see a preview of the book, information about the author and illustrator, and much more.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a wolf? What would you do in the cold winter months? Where would you sleep? What would you eat?

In One Wolf Howls, writer Scotti Cohn gives children (and grandparents!) a chance to spend a year in the world of wolves. This adventurous picture book uses the months of the year and the numbers 1 through 12 to introduce children to the behavior of wolves in natural settings. The lively, realistic illustrations of Susan Detwiler complement the rhyming text and bring each month to life.

One Wolf Howls

Written by Scotti Cohn, illustrated by Susan Detwiler

Publisher: Sylvan Dell Publishing

Publication Date: March 2009

Ages 4-8, 32 pages

Hardcover: $16.95; Paperback: $8.95; English and Spanish eBooks: $6.95

As Publishers Weekly put it: “Readers should be captivated by the animals’ resilient joie de vivre as well as by their habitats’ seasonal glories.”

Andrea Sisco wrote: “My almost four-year-old grandson and I read One Wolf Howls over and over. . . He literally howled with the wolves as we read the text in rhyme. . . This book will be on his shelf for a long time to come.” (from Armchair Interviews at http://reviews.armchairinterviews.com/reviews/one-wolf-howls).

One Wolf Howls is the result of Cohn’s life-long love of writing poetry blended with a keen interest in wolves’ personalities and behavior. “I was trying to fall asleep one night when the first lines of One Wolf Howls basically wrote themselves in my mind,” she said. “Once I had ‘One Wolf Howls in the January moonlight,’ I naturally progressed to two wolves playing in February, three barking in March, and so forth. Then I brought it full circle with 12 wolves howling in December.”

Visits to Shy Wolf Sanctuary in Florida and Wolf Park in Indiana allowed Cohn to spend some time in the company of wolves. She enjoys talking about that experience with children in presentations at schools, libraries, zoos, and nature parks.

In the back of One Wolf Howls – as with all books published by Sylvan Dell – are several pages of activities and Fun Facts that help children learn more about the subject. More than 40 pages of Teaching Activities for One Wolf Howls are available at Sylvan Dell’s website, along with eBook versions of the book in English and Spanish.

Other books by Scotti (published by The Globe Pequot Press, suitable for adults and young adults):

It Happened in Chicago (scheduled for publication in 2009)

Beyond Their Years: Stories of 16 Civil War Children

Liberty’s Children: Stories of 11 Revolutionary War Children

More Than Petticoats: Remarkable North Carolina Women

It Happened in North Carolina

Disasters and Heroic Rescues of North Carolina

For more information about Jim, please see www.jimwhiting.com. To inquire about availability of specific titles or to send a comment, write him at jimruns3@gmail.com.

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