Jala is a curious girl with a penchant for canines. In addition to playing pretend and being something of a gourmand, she spends most of her time learning new facts about animals - especially wolves. One day, after being severely scolded in the kitchen, she returns to her room and is only a little surprised to find that a mysterious mirror has appeared. Like Alice's looking glass, the mirror in Jala's room is only the beginning.
©2010 Marti Dumas (P)2015 Yes, MAM Creations
Dumas does an excellent job capturing the transition of a mother's lessons to her daughter and making the story come alive. I was truly lost in the adventure of the story and didn't realize I had learned something until it was all over! This is exactly the type of reading I want for my children. Dumas' voice enhances the ambiance of the setting and is sure to have young readers coming back for more. I would definitely recommend this book for grades 2-6.
“Jala and the Wolves” was written by a mother for her daughter and you can hear it in the story. Narrated by the author, she sets the tone of her story with her breathy voice and purposeful cadence. She lets the story pour out of her like syrup. She never rushes and the story could easily be played from car ride to bedtime.
Jala is a curious, intelligent, bean-pie-loving girl with an encyclopedic knowledge of animals. When a mirror appears in her room as she waits for breakfast the day before thanksgiving, it transports her to a place where she becomes a leader at her young age. She has a special connection with wolves that fuels her adventure. She absorbs information like a sponge, and in her adventure all the facts she devoured guide her with the wolves.
The vivid language pulls you into the story. The way she describes how things look and smell is accessible even to younger readers. There are some elements that may be a little heavy for younger children but many themes run through the book that can spark a dialogue about animals, family, and responsibility.
There were two things I really loved about this book that made it really stand out among other children’s books and chapter books. The first was how the wolves communicate. They don’t speak to each other but allow expressions and smells to convey messages to each other. Instead of making the wolves anthropomorphic, they are left as wolves and we are given a more authentic-feeling story with animals.
The second was that though Jala is beautiful, it isn’t a main component of the story. It’s a side note. Jala’s looks don’t advance the story or come in handy. Jala relies on her intelligence and resourcefulness to solve problems.
This audiobook is a solid pick to share between parents and children. It clocks in at just over an hour and should this book become a favorite to my little one, I’d be inclined to pick up a hard copy of the book to read aloud and provide my own interpretation.
How fun was this book I th ink it's great for a lot of age groups for read to, read along and of course for pre chapter book readers ready to grow on their own. The main character is a spunky girl who through a magical mirror enters the world of the wolves.
But what I really loved was the subtext of the story line not often is there subtext in a kids book but the message is clear in this one. The strength that loves gives and the importance of family is a theme that runs throughout and there is never enough of that to go around.
The fact that author Marti Dumas was able to create a world of reality and fantasy that is readable and well edited. The narration adds to the story rather than detracting and perhaps that's because it's the voice of the author who knows the nuance and influx of the characters dialogue and thoughts.
Overall great effort on the part of Author Dumas giving it five stars because it's a great story and works in audible form.
I would like to listen to Jala and the Wolves again because it was an interesting story with the narrator's voice that entertained as well.
The character Jala is so delightful as she is comfortable in her own skin and charming in any setting. Whatever she does, she does it with confidence and style.
I have read the book with my daughter, but as an audio book, you have a voice style that I cannot mimic as well; the smooth voice, the slight drawl that helps with the Louisiana setting at the beginning, and inflections that I may have missed reading it out loud.
The story has an empowering quality for girls who want to do great things. There are literary connections that made me smile, such as Alice in Wonderland and Wolves in the Walls. Family is crucial to Jala's real and fantasy worlds. It is literary, fantasy, and informational all wrapped in one. By having the author narrate, it gives more of the voice that was in the author's head when she was writing it down.
It was a nice little fairy tale for younger children.
It had a bit of a Mother Goose vibe to it.
I've never heard or read anything by Marti Dumas.
Very nice narration. A bit slow though.
I got the text version of the book for my young cousin and she loved it a lot. So, I decided to get the audiobook when my niece and nephew came over during the weekend. I don't really buy too many audiobooks, but I'm glad I got this one. The narration is brilliant and in spite of reading the text version, it really kept me interested throughout. Both my niece and nephew loved this lovely story. There are a lot of powerful messages for the young readers and these message will certainly transform their lives in a very positive way.
How all the lesson Jala learns from her adventures help with her life at home.
The relationship that the family shares was really heart-touching.
A discount for owners of the Kindle version would have been awesome.
Jala's fantastical adventures
Loved the story, author has a very soothing voice which just enhanced the story
This was my first audiobook and I listened to it on my walk. At first I thought the narration was a little slow but when it came to the part with the wolves it fit perfectly! The story is of empowerment, family, and love. I love all the messages in this story and there are many. I cannot wait to share this with my granddaughter when she comes over...I will read to her first (love that bonding time) and after the 2 books I will play this story for her. I think she will be excited to hear a story read from the author.
A wonderful story, children of all ages will enjoy and be captivated by this delightful fantasy world of a child’s imagination. Jala and the Wolves shares with us the fantastic tales of Jala and the adventures she discovers from her love of wolves, and all things wolf. The story deals with everyday lessons and situations that we run into, from living in a family with little siblings to learning to eat new foods with your pack of canine friends. Our little hero Jala has found a magical looking glass and soon finds herself transformed as a wolf on the other side of the mirror. Marti Dumas has created another classic story of all the wonders and the beauty of your family and home. Jala’s journey has been a wonderful way to discuss with young readers everyday issues they come across in life mixed in with all the adventures of running with wolves.
Truly, all of them.
Marti Dumas not only has a beautifully soothing voice, but also has total control of the story and each of her wonderful characters. A beautiful performance
We read to know, we are not alone ~ C.S. Lewis
Stars: 4 Narration: 4 Story 4
I’m always on the lookout for child-appropriate titles that will work as books to share with your children, or encourage new readers of chapter books to ‘do it themselves’. Surprisingly harder than you would expect, watching for content, message and of course, avoiding too much of the action or scare factor that would discourage some young readers. For that reason, faerie-tale morality stories that trend to a more humanist view of the world are my favorites, and are well-suited to a variety of readers and ages.
Jala and the Wolves by Marti Dumas is an action-packed, thoughtful tale following Jala and the lessons she learns along the way. Set just before Thanksgiving, Jala’s obsession with food and animals collide into a fantasy adventure unlike any others I have read.
Jala is obsessed with food, particularly bean pie (I have no clue –but am curious) and she’s apparently often underfoot as food is being prepared. Shooed out of the kitchen one morning during breakfast preparations, she retreats to her room to read more in her book about wolves. But a strange mirror draws her attention, and soon she is the alpha female, tasked with managing this new pack.
The wolves have hit a rough patch, and aren’t the best at finding food for their own survival. Jala uses her own experiences and knowledge to teach the wolves a new way, and learns much about availability and making do as she travels.
The lessons in this story are multilayered, from understanding that not everyone has or knows what you do, to the often very real struggle for enough to eat, and using your own knowledge and experience to move forward in multiple situations. Jala was a wonderful character, with a solid voice and curiosity.
Narration was provided by the author, Marti Dumas, and her presentation is wholly relaxing and reminiscent of ‘story hour’ at the children’s library. Dumas knows her story thoroughly, and presents Jala with a youthful tone and optimistic approach to life and her journey, and a thoughtful side that explains and presents her conclusions from the journey in an easy to understand way for readers 5 and up.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from the author via AudioBook Blast for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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