A Wolf at the Gate The Blood Wolf prowls near the village of Stonebriar at night She devours chickens and goats and cows and cats Some say children are missing But this murderous wolf isn t the villain of our story she

  • Title: A Wolf at the Gate
  • Author: Mark Van Steenwyk
  • ISBN: 9780986233340
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Blood Wolf prowls near the village of Stonebriar at night She devours chickens and goats and cows and cats Some say children are missing But this murderous wolf isn t the villain of our story she s the hero The Blood Wolf hates humankind for destroying the forest, but an encounter with a beggar teaches her a better way to confront injustice How will she react wheThe Blood Wolf prowls near the village of Stonebriar at night She devours chickens and goats and cows and cats Some say children are missing But this murderous wolf isn t the villain of our story she s the hero The Blood Wolf hates humankind for destroying the forest, but an encounter with a beggar teaches her a better way to confront injustice How will she react when those she loves are threatened

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    1. DISCLAIMER: A copy of the book was given to me in exchange for a fair and honest review, which followsVIEW So, I just read this book called A Wolf at the Gate. Someone I know wrote it and I was eager to get the chance to read it once I knew Mark had finished this masterpiece. I finally got the chance to read it yesterday, and now I fully intend to make the paperback copy a part of my children's book shelf.This book starts with the birth of a wolf, so it says in the beginning of the book. This wa [...]

    2. I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.This book is wonderful tale concerning a Red Wolf and her meeting with St Francis of Assisi. It was very entertaining and I enjoyed it a lot. We first meet the Red Wolf as a pup who is raised by her loving parents teaching her how to be a good wolf. Her parents tell her to avoid the humans who live in a village near the woods, but with the humans living so near and the fact that they take food from the wolf pack, this causes [...]

    3. Find more reviews at Read. Run. Study.A Wolf at the Gate is a children's book told from the perspective of the wolf in the legend of Saint Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio. A Wolf at the Gate was a quick, easy read filled with lessons about love, charity, and forgiveness. With its folk-tale feel and short chapters, I could see this working well for a read-aloud book in an elementary school classroom. It could also work well for a young independent reader because the language is accessible. However [...]

    4. An absolutely powerful story with exceptional illustrations. My wife and I have 6 boys and they were enthralled, engaged, and able to grasp the ideas and struggles of the wolf, the bandits, and the townsfolk. Well, except our two year old. He just likes the pictures.Excellent pick up for the family, though it is a timeless tale able to be interacted with by anyone, no matter what stage of life. Very thankful to have this in my library.

    5. A great little book, it was really engaging with a really interesting storyline. I know this was meant to be a children's book but I really liked it and was glued to it from beginning to end. Strongly recommend it to anyone of any age.

    6. This wolf's-voice retelling of the legend of St Francis (the "Beggar King") and the wolf of Gubbio is a great way to introduce kids to creative, nonviolent problem-solving. There are strong themes of equal rights and environmental sustainability in this simple, well-framed tale. As the accompanying soundtrack CD paraphrased it, "It's better to be hungry with friends than it is to be full alone."

    7. This is a great retelling of the legend of the Wolf of Gubbio and St. Francis with John Hedstrom's stunning illustrations. Mark Van Steenwyk is a Christian Anarchist, Anabaptist, Prophetic type. This is his only kid's book and it might be my favorite thing he's written.

    8. A Retelling of the Legend of St. Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley.)According to legend, the wolf of Gubbio was a lone wolf who terrorized the Umbrian city of Gubbio in 1220. The wolf began by attacking and eating livestock; over time the hostilities escalated, to the point that the wolf was feasting on humans as well, both hunters and innocent civilians alike. The wolf seemed invincible, or close to it, and he so fright [...]

    9. I bought this book for my daughter’s birthday this year. She sat down and read it immediately. When she finished, she brought it to me and said, “Read this right away, Dad. It’s really good, and you will like it.” Her immediate reaction proves the power of this gripping and beautiful book. Mark van Steenwyk and Joel Hedstrom provide a masterfully illustrated retelling of the legend of St. Francis and the wolf that will be a gripping story to children and a pointed fable about contemporar [...]

    10. I received a digital copy of this title from the publisher via Netgalley.Ten Second Synopsis:A red wolf changes from a vicious beast to a thinking guardian after meeting the Beggar King.This is a retelling of the story of St Francis and the wolf of Gubbio, Italy. I was not familiar with the story before reading the book, and I think this probably heightened my enjoyment of the story, as although I could predict where the story might go, I didn’t have the ending in mind before beginning. While [...]

    11. A red wolf is born outside the town of Stonebriar. She is taught by her parents all that a wolf needs to survive plus tales that represent the history of her kind. Her parents rule the wolf pack. After they die, she rules them as her parents taught her. The red wolf becomes angry at the humankind for taking the forest and it's food from them. She is challenged and loses the pack to the challenger. Will she be able to survive without her pack? How does she find food to eat? One day red wolf meets [...]

    12. I recieved this as an E-arc in exchange of an honest reviewThis a pretty decent children story. But I think the author may have overreacted a bit when it came to the message of the story. There were so many thing this little red wolf had to learn and through her the reader. That was really too bad, since I really saw some potential in this one. And then I thought that there was a lot of times the author could have stopped the story but still kept going. For me as a reader it felt like the author [...]

    13. More like 2 1/2. The saving grace for this book was the wonderful illustrations. The beginning of the book was good, lyrical, and interesting, but then the action became a little too violent for the intended age group, and the one message of compassion for all living things became confusing because it was considered bad to harm the animals if the wolf was raiding the chicken coops, but okay if the farners killed the chickens and fed them to her. Where is the compassion in that? It was a good pre [...]

    14. The imaginative retelling of the legend of St. Francis and the wolf, told from the wolf's point of view. The Red Wolf was born to rule her pack and taught by her parents " it is better to be hungry with neighbors than well-fed alone" . However, hunger and fear cause the Red Wolf to rule her pack harshly and she is eventually left alone to terrorize the nearby village. An encounter with the " beggar king" changes her heart and mind. Now called Sister Wolf she strives to live in harmony with man a [...]

    15. My niece and nephews loved this story! One of my nephews said, "I liked the WHOLE story because it shows you how people and the wolf can change and become loving." My niece talked about how it was so cool that the animals in the forest were able to help the humans live in healthier and happier ways. And they all agreed that it's better to be hungery with friends than to be well-fed alone. There are so many important lessons in this story for both children and adults. I was brought to tears the f [...]

    16. This retelling of the legend of St. Francis and the Wolf definitely takes some liberties with the "standard" story (especially about the wolf's color), and there are a few moments when it feels preachy, but overall this is a very good story. I like that it goes into more depth than most retellings of this and that it gives the wolf's point of view. It's also interesting to see how the wolf "pays forward" the villagers' truce with her to other outsiders.

    17. I got a free copy of this book in exchange of a review. The story of Wolf at the Gate is the re-telling of Saint Francis story, but from the wolf's point of view. The story itself is awesome, it attempts to show that a life of love is more fulfilling than a life of anger. Easier said than done. I absolutely loved how the story was told and the illustrations are on point! I highly recommend this book!

    18. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I really liked this book! It's obviously intended for a younger audience, but I loved the message, that humans have to learn (like the Blood Wolf) to live with and take care of each other and nature, instead of pillaging the earth.

    19. As a minister and a dedicated worker to help bring about great change in this world, this book is a must for story time with my step-son. Mark weaves a classic tale with a beautiful new twist that creates awareness of humankind's pursuit of "stuff" and how it separates us from the rest of God's beautiful creation. A must-read!

    20. Great telling of the legend of St. Francis and the Wolf from the perspective of the wolf. Themes of grace, mercy, forgiveness, and community are presented in a manner anyone can understand. I especially enjoyed how the various characters in the book exhibit anger and fear toward one another until they actually get to know one another.

    21. Engaging and challenging, reading this little book will make you want to be a more gracious person.Adapting the story of St Francis and the wolf from the wolf's perspective, Mark provides an engaging story that helps connect you to the non-human world that is all around us. I wish I had more books like this when I was growing up.

    22. This is a great story for children of all ages (including parents). The story is entertaining and will hold your attention from beginning to end. *I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for my honest opinion*

    23. This re-imagining of St. Francis's relationship with a wolf is fresh and inspirational. While this is "children's literature," it had me on the edge of tears at points. Sometimes the simple stories are the best.

    24. This is an re-telling of an ancient, sacred tale from the point of view of the wolf. It weaves layers of meaning that invite questions and engagement from a young reader. It's accessible young adult fiction without being dumbed down.

    25. This book is perfect for children but has a message that most adults I know, myself included, could really learn from. It is an extremely poignant and timely book. Get it for the children in your life and read it with them.

    26. A short but very good story about a wolf who in desperation and anger raids a human village for food, and becomes feared by the villagers. It is a good read who I would recommend to anyone who loves wolves and stories about them.

    27. Excellent book with insightful, progressive ideas and lovely illustrations! It's refreshing to see more about peace instead of violence and war!

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