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From Wolf to Woof!: The Story of Dogs

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Informative story imagines early bond between wolf and boy.

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This book seamlessly meshes fiction and fact in a story about an orphaned wolf pup befriending an early human boy, paving the way for wolves to develop into dogs, known as man's best friend. This rich prehistorical material has been mined similarly in a picture book by notable author-illustrator Jan Brett, titled The First Dog. Talbott's story doesn't end at that early encounter. It travels down the time line to touch on humans developing into herder-farmers, as well as the many jobs dogs did and the development of breeds. Since archeologists are still unearthing fossil evidence and reinterpreting the wolf's path to domestication. Talbott calls his story an "origin myth." He also suggests that dogs influenced human development just as we influenced theirs, that we became herder-farmers "with the help of the wolves," who guarded our herds.

The wolf pup and boy are cute and completely relatable, inviting kids into the more meaty historical material about our early ancestors and making this book a great introduction to both early human history and the evolution of wolves into dogs.

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