Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 11
- Grade: 4 to 6
Follow along as award-winning author Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) introduces young readers to a pack of grey wolves. New pups have just begun to open their eyes, one of which is a striking black female. Every day, her ears grow larger, her eyesight gets sharper, and her legs stretch farther. As she learns to hunt, play, and run with her pack, instinct pulls her to explore beyond her home territory. Will the young wolf’s bold spirit help her find a new pack of her very own?
Learn about the life cycle of these magnificent canines, the traditions of the Gitxsan, and how grey wolves contribute to the health of their entire ecosystem.
About the authors
Hetxw'ms Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson (he/him/his), is from the Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in this strong matrilineal society, Brett developed a passion for the culture, land, and politics of his people, and a desire to share their knowledge and stories. Brett has worked in the film and television industry for over 13 years and is a volunteer board member for organizations such as Ka Ni Kanichihk and sākihiwē festival. Brett also works with the Prairie Climate Centre to connect western science and Indigenous Knowledges.
The award-winning Mothers of Xsan series is Brett’s first series of books and part of a larger vision to share the worlds of the Gitxsan Nation. With the support of his wife, Jeri, and their children, Warren and Ruby, Brett endeavours to continue sharing stories with his writing, artwork, and photography.
Natasha Donovan is the illustrator of the award-winning Mothers of Xsan series (written by Brett Huson). She illustrated the graphic novel Surviving the City (written by Tasha Spillett), which won a Manitoba Book Award and received an American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA) honor. She also illustrated Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer which won an Orbis Pictus Honor Book and an American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA). Natasha is Métis, and spent her early life in Vancouver, British Columbia. Although she moved to the United States to marry a mathematician, she prefers to keep her own calculations to the world of color and line. She lives in Washington. www.natashadonovan.com
- Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
- Long-listed, First Nations Communities READ
- Short-listed, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada Book Awards, Child and Youth
- Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Awards
- Short-listed, Manuela Dias Book Design and Illustration Awards, Children’s Illustration
- Winner, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada's Paradigm Prize
Among The Globe and Mail's Kids' Books Gift Guide
The Globe and Mail
A vibrant animal book, this gently and generously shares something of Gitxsan culture.
Among CBC Books 35 Canadian Middle-Grade Books to Watch for in Fall 2021
Among Loan Stars Jr. Top 10 picks
Loan Stars Jr.
With numerous teachings offered throughout its beautiful pages, The Wolf Mother provides many lovely lessons for young readers.
Quill & Quire
With numerous teachings offered throughout its beautiful pages, The Wolf Mother is an engaging read, providing important lessons for all children.
Canadian Children's Book News
Other titles by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson
Other titles by Natasha Donovan
The Bee Mother
Drawn to Change the World Graphic Novel Collection
16 Youth Climate Activists, 16 Artists
A River's Gifts
The Raven Mother
Global Ocean, The
The Frog Mother
The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer
When I Was Young in Nunavut