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Runt by Marion Dane Bauer

Runt (edition 2004)

by Marion Dane Bauer

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Authors:Marion Dane Bauer
Info:Yearling (2004), Paperback, 144 pages
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Tags:animal, boy/girl, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, wk, er

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First of all I am a sucker for wolves and who cannot but help fall in love with this cute wolf pup on the cover? And yes I will say I fell for the cover thus ordering it without really knowing what the story was going to be about.

Anyway I cannot say I was disappointed with the story, which will truly capture the minds of any child as anyone can relate. Runt lives a troubled life as a wolf pup whose experiences conflict with the way that his pack lives so he is always fighting himself based upon those experiences as well as the attitudes of his family. Being so small he finds he cannot live up to what the others want of him so his desire to prove himself just keeps getting him in more and more trouble with his family, his environment and even family "friends".

The story will make you pause and think as well as to relate. What do we struggle with? How do we want others to see us? How do we react to all the problems with us? And do we listen when the voice of wisdom speaks to us?

The only main letdowns for me is the fact the story was dry in some parts and the author didn't put a lot of personality in the non-major wolf players. Furthermore while I was reading I was struck by the fact (it was emphasized with the two top book recommendations for young readers) that the main wolf players copy in appearance the wolves of Jean Craighead George's "Julie" series with the black Amaroq, his look-alike son Kapu, Silver (the mother of both black pups) and even the dastardly bully wolf who was named Raw Bones in the series. In a sense I wish the author had been a bit more creative with her own wolf characters. ( )
  flamingrosedrakon | Aug 26, 2015 |
Seemingly rooted in a classic tale of triumph in the face of hardship for the runt of a litter, this middle level novel teems with a far-from-ordinary intricate interplay of fact and fiction. Though he enters his father’s pack as Runt, this determined young wolf perseveres to earn himself a new name. The artfully crafted plot engages readers in a balance of excitement, suspense, and emotion with realistic depictions of wildlife and an introspective protagonist. Extra wide margins frame the moderate text, which is broken into short paragraphs characterized by a blend of dialog and descriptive yet relatively simple language. Though more complex, likely unfamiliar words can be found interspersed throughout the 22 short chapters, ample context clues aid readers in extracting meaning. In a short “afterword,” the author elaborates upon factual information about wolves, drawing comparisons between natural elements and the events that unfold throughout the story. ( )
  paulavev | Dec 2, 2012 |
For animal lovers, fiction ( )
  hockey101 | May 13, 2008 |
Great book for kids to understand the way wolves live. ( )
  meyben | Jun 6, 2007 |
The smallest wolf cub is named Runt by his father, who is the leader of the wolf pack. Runt struggles to please his father, often making foolish mistakes along the way. This is a fictionalized story, but the insight into wolves makes it a good read for the child who prefers non-fiction.
  prkcs | Feb 2, 2007 |
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Spring comes late to the forests of northern Minnesota.
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DEEP IN THE Minnesota forest, where only the strong survive, four regular-sized pups—Leader, Sniffer, Runner, and Thinker—are pushed into the world. Then one last, very small pup is born into the wolf pack. He is called Runt.

From the very start, Runt struggles in the harsh wild world of the wolves. He tries learning along with his brothers and sisters, but makes serious mistakes. It’s hard pleasing his father, King, and the other wolves. If only Runt could prove himself to his powerful father and family. . . .

“With an economy of words, Bauer precisely and vividly conveys the wolves’ wild world. . . . There’s a ready-made audience for this.”—Booklist, Starred

“Beautifully written and faithful to wolves’ behavior (explained in an afterword). . . . Bauer portrays the wolves’ place in the natural world with compassion, respect, and warmth, but this is also the story of any unique individual’s struggle to find his or her niche.”—School Library Journal

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Runt, the smallest wolf cub in the litter, seeks to prove himself to his father King and the rest of the pack and to earn a new name.

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