The Wolves of Currumpaw is published as an illustrated children’s book but it is a delightful book for all ages, with a strong message from history that calls for compassion and understanding that is still relevant today. In February 2017, it was awarded the Bologna Ragazzi Award, one of the most prestigious children international book awards.
Set in the late 1800’s in the vast open plains of New Mexico, when packs of wolves still roamed and preyed on settler’s cattle, it tells of the encounter of the founding pioneer of the Boy Scouts of America, and naturalist Ernest Thomas Seton, and a certain wolf called Lobo, the King of Currumpaw. Seton has come to kill Lobo and his pack of wolves for financial gain. It is Lobo though who turns the tables and changes the mindset of Seton, teaching him that the wildness has an important place in our own lives and our part in protecting it.
William Grill has taken this story from Ernest Tomas Seton’s book “Wild Animals I have Known” published in 1898, and brought this moving, and pertinent, story back to life for today’s readers.