Author: Mariana Llanos
Illustrator: Rocio Perez del Solar
Published April 8th, 2013 by Createspace
Goodreads Summary: When Tristan was a baby he was abandoned in the forest. He was discovered and raised by wolves. Even though he loves his wolf family, Tristan has the need to find himself. He starts a journey where he will find adventures, new friends and a big surprise. Recommended for kids ages 8 to 12, it is also a great read for any adult that enjoys timeless and exciting stories.
The book is available as a paperback or e-book as well as in Spanish
About the Author: Tristan Wolf is Mariana Llanos’s first published story. She’s been writing poetry and short stories since she was a little girl in her native Lima (Peru). She now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and three kids. Tristan came to life one afternoon between laundry and running errands. Tristan has a little bit of each of Mariana’s children in him; he has a bit of every child in him. Book two in the Tristan Wolf series is now available.
Mariana also visits schools across the US and the world, through Skype and Google Hangouts, to encourage children to write and read. Feel free to reach out to her via her website, Facebook, or Twitter.
My Review and Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: Tristan Wolf is truly a modern fable that really delves into perception, discovery, and, most importantly, imagination. This book is wonderful read aloud material. It lends itself easily to prediction, inferring, and conversations about theme. Tristan’s story also lends itself loosely to the hero’s journey and would be a good introduction to the idea. l I also liked the choice of illustrations. It lends to the feeling of the story and, though a bit abstract, added the additional touch of magic to the story and really pull the whole book together.
Discussion Questions: After reading 5 pages, predict what you think it going to happen at the end of the book and explain why you think your prediction will happen. At the end of the book, check to see if your prediction was correct or incorrect? Were you surprised by the ending?; What do you think the theme of the book is? What is the author trying to discuss or teach you?; What did you learn about animals’ perspective of humans? What could we do to help change this perspective?
We Flagged: “Tristan was a loner–mysterious eyes, long, dark brown hair, and a mouth that hardly ever smiled. When he was a baby, he had been abandoned in the forest under an old, leafy tree. A beautiful, white, female wolf found him and adopted him. She treated him like one of her own cubs. He was loved, but he always felt different.”
A Planet for Tristan Wolf (Book Two) Book Trailer:
Read This If You Loved: Jungle Book (Little Golden Book) by Walt Disney Company (inspired by Rudyard Kipling); Space Boy and his Dog by Dian Curtis Regan; Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural by Raquel M. Ortiz
**Thank you to Mariana for providing a copy for review!**