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Nutik, the Wolf Pup (Julie of the Wolves #3.1)

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In an Eskimo village at the top of the world lived a little boy whose name was Amaroq. Named for the great wolf leader who saved the life of his big sister, Julie, Amaroq loved wolves as much as his big sister did.

One day Julie brings home a sickly wolf pup named Nutik for Amaroq to feed and tend. "Don't fall in love with Nutik," Julie warns, "or your heart will break when
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 9th 2001 by HarperCollins
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Zahava Davis
Feb 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Nutik, the Wolf Pup is about 30 pages long with a handful of sentences per page. The main characters of this book are Amaroq, a young Eskimo boy, and Nutik, a sick wolf pup. Amaroq gets Nutik when the wolf is young and sick, and it is his job to take care of him and make him better. His sister warns him "don't fall in love," but obviously that's exactly what happens. The wolf and the boy grow together and become very close in the process, doing absolutely everything together. Eventually, Nutik's ...more
Corby Lancaster
Feb 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Genre- Picture book

Reading Level- K-3

Topic and Themes- A young boy grows attached to a wolf pup. Love and struggles of letting go when needed

Curricula use- Read Aloud

Social- Taking care of an animal when it needs help

Literary Element- A young boy cares for a sickly wolf pup and becomes very attached. Then it comes time for the wolf pup to go back to the pack.

Text and Pictures- The text and pictures go together to tell the story.

Summary- "Nutik, the Wolf Pup", by Jean Craighead George, illustrati
Dione Basseri
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Wolf lovers
Recommended to Dione by: Series book
Interesting that an early 'tween book has a tie-in picture book, but "Nutik, the Wolf Pup" was written to stand alone, so perhaps it is more made for adult fans of the Julie series.

The overall story is moderately good, though perhaps the feel-good ending would not have been the best option. However, the story follows along with the events of "Julie's Wolf Pack," and so a deviation would have its own issues.

The artwork has a very organic feel that fits in well with the setting.

A good book to che
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Nutik, the Wolf Pup By: Jean Craighead George ISBN: 0-06-028164-2, 2001.
In an Eskimo Village there was a boy named Amaroq. Amaroq’s sister Julie brought home a sick wolf pup for Amaroq to care for but warns him not to fall in love with Nutik because he will have to go back with his pack when he is well and fat. Soon Nutik is well and follows Amaroq everywhere, his pack comes to claim him but he has a choice to make…..He decides to stay with his human family.

**This book could be used in a lesson
Bonnie Brown
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
George, J.C. (2001). Nutik, the wolf pup. USA: Harper Collins Publishers. Unp. Ages 7 and up.

When his sister, Julie, brings Amaroq a little wolf pup to take care of, she warns him not to fall in love because his new pup, Nutik cannot stay; he must return to his pack when he is older. In a heartwarming story of friendship, Nutik and Amaroq grow to be brothers and must make a difficult decision when the wolves come to take Nutik home. Accompanied by colorful and descriptive illustrations, this bo
I was excited to see where Amaroq's character would go after reading Julie. I was glad he had his own thoughts on the wolves. We didn't really need him to be a mirror image of his sister after all. I think Jean Craighead George did a wonderful job bringing Julie's world back to life for children. This is a heartwarming story of a little boy and his love for his best friend. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who read Julie of the Wolves and loved it!
May 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is an interesting book to read about the close relationship between a boy and the wolf pup he raises. It has an authentic folk tale feel to it, with the illustrations, the descriptions of life in the arctic and the cultural traditions and relationship between the Inuit people and the creatures they interact with and environment in which they live.
Traci Bold
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Most books about wolves and animals in general become favorites of mine and this is not different. My tears welled up for many reasons while reading this.

I highly recommend it.

Written by Jean Craighead George and illustrated by Ted Rand, published by Harper Collins.

#PB #wolves #Alaska
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I'm a sucker for bittersweet kids books with a lesson. My 8 year old son loved this book and so did I. He read a page. I read a page. (I wonder if he knows I got all the picture pages...Or perhaps he planned it that way.)
This is a companion to the Julie stories, though the other books were quite a bit longer and more focused on Julie. This one is focused on Julie's little brother, Amaroq, who is named after the wolf from the earlier stories. It's a nice story.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Either he wasn't in the mood or age 4 is too young for this book. Will revisit another time.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Picture book part of the Julie of the wolves saga.
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May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very sweet book.
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite authors. One could start a child with this one and then when they are old enough, give them Julie of the Wolves.
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Jean Craighead George wrote over eighty popular books for young adults, including the Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves and the Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain. Most of her books deal with topics related to the environment and the natural world. While she mostly wrote children's fiction, she also wrote at least two guides to cooking with wild foods, and an autobiography, Journey ...more
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Julie of the Wolves (3 books)
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