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Wolfie the Bunny

Dyckman, Ame (Author)
OHora, Zachariah (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2015. 36 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9780316226141 (hardcover)
9780316381789 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“He’s a good sleeper,” “He’s a good eater!” Dot’s parents are besotted with their new baby. Only Dot is troubled: “Speaking of eating,… HE’S GOING TO EAT US ALL UP!”

Anxieties with regard to a new sibling are beautifully conveyed in the language. In this context of bunnies and wolves, tension is ingeniously ramped up, with the added humour of putting common sense firmly in Dot’s corner.

Illustrations use bold, painted line, fur markings and flat colour fills to create images that are extremely cute, with graphic sophistication. Wolfie’s simple form is rendered in grey. Dot wears a little red hoodie, recalling literature’s other girl-and-wolf pair. One spread shows young Wolfie already looming over the family dinner table. Dot brandishes her fork at them all. “The carrots!… They’re gone!” “HE ATE THEM ALL UP!” said Dot.

In the end, Wolfie’s encounter with a bear stirs Dot’s big-sister instincts. Red flashes of rage form a halo, as she faces down an animal so massive he breaks out of the page. “But I’m bigger than you,” said the bear. “I’LL START ON YOUR TOES,” said Dot. “HELP!” cried the bear. “She’s going to EAT ME ALL UP!”

  •  Discuss the title and cover illustration. Make predictions about the story. How does your prior knowledge about wolves in other stories influence these predictions?
  •  

    Choral read Dot’s repetitive exclamations such as “He’s going to eat us all up!” with appropriate expression.

  •  

    How does life change when a new sibling arrives in a family? What are some advantages and disadvantages of having a sibling? Discuss examples from the story and your personal experiences.

  •  

    From the book cover, make predictions about the story. As you turn to the back cover, what adjustments do you need to make to your predictions?

  •  

    Discuss the story. How is life different when a new sibling comes home? Use a Venn diagram to compare your reality with the version presented in the story.

  •  Create a mind map of the story. Include the different feelings expressed in the story.
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • Health and Well-Being