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It's So Nice to Have a Wolf Around the House
Cuthbert Q. Devine tries to hide the fact that he is a wolf with a shady past by becoming the companion to a kind old man and his pets.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 10th 1997 by Yearling
(first published 1977)
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The old man and his animals are getting up in age and need some assistance, so the old man puts an ad in the paper. Cuthbert Q. Devine, a wolf, answers the ad and is really of assistance to the man and his pets. They all feel younger and more energetic when he is around. When the old man notices a want ad on the front of the paper regarding some bank robberies, Cuthbert has some explaining to do!
This is a cute story. Not many stories have wolfs as a good character and in this book the wolf tries so hard to be helpful. He says he only did bad things because he was expected to as a wolf. This would be a short, effective book to use for expectations and how to encourage people to do there very best.
How many times did I read this book or have it read to me? A million. A million and eight. I can still remember the pictures of the goldfish blowing bubbles to cheer up its sickly owner. And who doesn't love a redemption-through-good-works story once in a while?
I liked that this book didn't make the wolf the "bad guy". This story would be great for getting students to think critically about the assumptions they make about others. It also shows the importance of giving others a second chance.
This is a surprisingly delightful story about an old man who finds a new passion for life and a wolf who finds redemption. It's funny and heartwarming and enjoyable and pleasing. There is nothing especially remarkable about it, but I find no fault with it.