A boisterous wolf pup and an awkward young
porcupine are unlikely allies in this tale of friendship
set on Alaska’s tundra. When the pair are brought
together by a trapper’s snare, they must learn what
it means truly to be friends.
Gently inspired by the fable of “The Lion and the
Mouse,” young readers will learn about living in
the wilderness and the sometimes unexpected
connections that arise in our lives. Pup and Pokey
is the first children’s book from acclaimed Alaska
author Seth Kantner. With Kantner’s storytelling and
Beth Hill’s original illustrations, Pup and Pokey is
a touching outdoor adventure story that only two
Alaskans can tell.
For kids hitting chapter books for the first time, Pup & Pokey tells the story of a young wolf and a young porcupine who live near each other and playfully interact. . . . The artwork by Beth Hill is beautiful.
—Alaska Dispatch News
Seth Kantner is the author of Ordinary Wolves and
Shopping for Porcupine. His work has appeared in
the New York Times, Outside, and Orion, among
others. He lives in Kotzebue, Alaska. Beth Hill is an
artist, commercial fisherman, and teacher. She lives
in the village of Kokhanok, on Iliamna Lake, Alaska
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