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The Wolf of Gubbio

A Picture Book by

At night we lay in bed and listened to the howl of the wolf on the hill. In sleep, we saw his shadow slink along the moonlit wall as the great beast circled the town.

No one in Gubbio is safe from the monstrous wolf that stalks them. The townsfolk, armed with pitchforks, travel in groups and never venture out at night.

One day a band of strangers comes to town led by the Poverello, the poor one. People say he understands the language of bird and beast. Even so, when he offers to go into the forest and face the wolf, everyone is certain he will never return.

What happens between the wolf and the Poverello as they stand face to face, is a matter of trust and understanding. But for the people of Gubbio, and one boy in particular, it is nothing short of a miracle. Based on one of the legends of St. Francis of Assisi, the story may contain some truth. During repairs to a chapel in Gubbio dedicated to the saint, a large wolf's skull was found underneath the flagstones. The Afterword recounts this amazing fact and provides historical details on the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

Shortlisted 2001, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award

Shortlisted 2001, CLA Book of the Year for Children Award

Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Our Choice Selection

Nominated for 2001 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Illustration


Used availability for Michael Bedard's The Wolf of Gubbio

Hardback Editions

October 2000 : Canada Hardback

Title: The Wolf of Gubbio
Author(s): Michael Bedard
ISBN: 0-7737-3250-0 / 978-0-7737-3250-6 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA