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Publisher's Summary

Jala is a curious girl with a penchant for canines. In addition to playing pretend and being something of a gourmand, she spends most of her time learning new facts about animals - especially wolves. One day, after being severely scolded in the kitchen, she returns to her room and is only a little surprised to find that a mysterious mirror has appeared. Like Alice's looking glass, the mirror in Jala's room is only the beginning.
©2010 Marti Dumas (P)2015 Yes, MAM Creations
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5 out of 5 stars
By Candace Ruffin on 11-17-15

Lost in the Adventure

Dumas does an excellent job capturing the transition of a mother's lessons to her daughter and making the story come alive. I was truly lost in the adventure of the story and didn't realize I had learned something until it was all over! This is exactly the type of reading I want for my children. Dumas' voice enhances the ambiance of the setting and is sure to have young readers coming back for more. I would definitely recommend this book for grades 2-6.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Brandon on 04-02-15

A beautiful story from a mother to her daughter

“Jala and the Wolves” was written by a mother for her daughter and you can hear it in the story. Narrated by the author, she sets the tone of her story with her breathy voice and purposeful cadence. She lets the story pour out of her like syrup. She never rushes and the story could easily be played from car ride to bedtime.

Jala is a curious, intelligent, bean-pie-loving girl with an encyclopedic knowledge of animals. When a mirror appears in her room as she waits for breakfast the day before thanksgiving, it transports her to a place where she becomes a leader at her young age. She has a special connection with wolves that fuels her adventure. She absorbs information like a sponge, and in her adventure all the facts she devoured guide her with the wolves.

The vivid language pulls you into the story. The way she describes how things look and smell is accessible even to younger readers. There are some elements that may be a little heavy for younger children but many themes run through the book that can spark a dialogue about animals, family, and responsibility.

There were two things I really loved about this book that made it really stand out among other children’s books and chapter books. The first was how the wolves communicate. They don’t speak to each other but allow expressions and smells to convey messages to each other. Instead of making the wolves anthropomorphic, they are left as wolves and we are given a more authentic-feeling story with animals.

The second was that though Jala is beautiful, it isn’t a main component of the story. It’s a side note. Jala’s looks don’t advance the story or come in handy. Jala relies on her intelligence and resourcefulness to solve problems.

This audiobook is a solid pick to share between parents and children. It clocks in at just over an hour and should this book become a favorite to my little one, I’d be inclined to pick up a hard copy of the book to read aloud and provide my own interpretation.

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