About the Book
Book Description: "It's hard to imagine the child—story-lover or fact-lover, dog-lover or not—who would not be drawn in by this book."—The New York Times Book Review
How did dog become man’s best friend? Dogs come in such a variety of shapes, sizes, and breeds, that it is hard to believe that they all have a common ancestor--the wolf! Hudson Talbott takes readers on a fascinating journey through history to see how wolves’ relationships with humans sparked their development into the dogs we know and love today.
Striking paintings, from an adorable wolf pup to a wide range of modern-day dog breeds, illustrate this insightful story of teamwork and friendship. Through the eyes of a prehistoric boy and a lone wolf pup, we see how the bond between our ancestors and these wild animals may have developed. Starting as enemies competing for food, the wolf and the boy realize that they’ll eat better and be safer if they team up. Over time, others catch on, and as many of the wolves become more domesticated, the humans breed them for skills like hunting, herding, pulling, and rescuing. And today, there are more breeds of dog than of any other animal, all thanks to this relationship that started so long ago.
Through richly detailed illustrations and simple text, Hudson Talbott entertains readers young and old with his tale about man's best friend.
I simply adore this book. One orphan wolf and orphan boy slowly form a connection and soon other lost boys join them. The circle begins to grow as boys and wolves form friendships and work together as a team to find food. It's a heartwarming tale that keeps readers engaged and is sure to be a fast favorite.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
About the Author: Hudson Talbott
Hudson grew up in Louisville, KY, the youngest of four children and the only one with an interest in the arts. Despite his parents' orientation toward sports, they supported his artistic pursuits, allowing him to study art in Italy. After living abroad for several years Hudson began his career in New York as a free-lance designer/illustrator commissioned by The Metropolitan Museum, The Metropolitan Opera, Bloomingdale's, and the Museum of Modern Art among others. With the Museum of Modern Art, Hudson created his first children's book called How to Show Grown-Ups the Museum. His next book,We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, was produced as a feature-length animated film by Steven Spielberg, who also bought the film and television rights to other books which followed. Hudson also collaborated with the composer Stephen Sondheim on a book adaptation of the composer's musical Into the Woods. Two other books, River of Dreams and O'Sullivan Stew have since been adapted and produced for the stage as children's musicals.
Hudson's lifelong impulse to travel has informed the subject matter of several of his books. Amazon Diary came after his trip to the Amazon rainforest where he journeyed with a jungle doctor who brought malaria medicine to remote indigenous tribes. Safari Journal was the product of his travels with a wildlife veterinarian in Kenya. Hudson is currently working with an orphanage in Laos, to develop programs for teaching English and art to the children living there.
Hudson lives in New York and commutes between his loft in Manhattan and his farmhouse in the Hudson Valley, where he lives with his two cats Holly and Jasper. His newest book was created at their insistence. It's called It's All About Me-ow.
Hudson is available for school visits, conferences, and other speaking engagements. Please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.