"Child of the Wolves" Book Summary

by Alice Drinkworth

"Child of the Wolves" tells the story of a dog in a wolf pack.

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"Child of the Wolves," written by Elizabeth Hall, tells the story of Granite, a Siberian husky puppy born to be a racing dog. Granite escapes the kennel and joins a wolf pack. The story is told from the perspective of the dog and documents the sights and smells he confronts on his unusual journey from blind puppy to full-grown dog.

The Dog

The book opens with the birth of Granite, a Siberian husky puppy. Granite and his brothers and sister are born in a kennel, where they are trained to be racing dogs. Granite does not enjoy his lessons, but he does enjoy the meat treats Kate gives him when he complies. Life changes for Granite when he is sold to a stranger. Unwilling to leave with the strange bearded man who smells like other dogs, Granite escapes his grasp and runs for the woods. Now alone in the woods, the puppy wonders how it can survive.

The Wolves

A mother wolf searching for her stolen pups discovers the injured and hungry puppy. Bereft over the loss of her children, Snowdrift brings the puppy back to her wolf pack and protects Granite like a mother. Ebony, the pack leader, accepts the puppy for the sake of his grieving mate. The pack accepts the leader's decision but is hostile toward the puppy, thinking Granite is an inferior intrusion.

Dog among Wolves

Assimilating into a wolf pack is hard for Granite, in part because the puppy does not understand pack rules. The wolves give lessons with hostile swipes of their paws or vicious growls. Granite's legs are shorter than the wolves, making it hard for him to keep up. Like all huskies, Granite holds his tail high, which is seen as defiance of pack order. The other wolves must show submission before wolves higher in the rank, and the dog is the lowest in the pack.

Finding Home

Granite is desperate to prove his value to the pack and Ebony, so he watches the leader and imitates his hunting techniques. Granite is finally allowed to hunt with the pack, but the other wolves shove him aside as they run and play tricks on the dog. When his only friend in the pack is killed on a hunt, Granite runs away. Although he now knows how to hunt small game, the dog quickly learns that being alone in the woods is just as lonely and dangerous as it was when he was a lost puppy. Granite uses his nose and what he learned from the pack to find his way home and acceptance from his pack.

References

  • "Child of the Wolves"; Elizabeth Hall; 1996

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