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The Woman Who Lived with Wolves: & Other Stories from the Tipi
compiled and illustrated by: Paul Goble
foreword by: Vivian Arviso Deloria
Subject(s): Age(s) / Grade level  / Lexile:

American Indian Children's Books

high school / 6-7 / Lexile measure: 930L

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7.125" × 10.25" / 48 pages

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Brave Buffalo, a Lakota chief said: “The animals want to communicate with us, but the Great Spirit does not intend they shall do so directly; we must do the greater part in securing an understanding. In the traditional world of the Plains Indians before television and mass media communication, storytelling was the primary method of recording history and communicating collective knowledge. In his new collection of stories, Caldecott Medal winner, Paul Goble masterfully brings to life 26 traditional stories from various tribal nations, including the Lakota, Pawnee, Blackfoot, and Cheyenne. It includes the fascinating tale of a young woman who is kidnapped and ends up living with kind wolves, and tells the stories of “The Gift of the Sacred Calf Pipe,” “The First Horse,” and “The Song of the Blackbird,” which were told not only to entertain, but to explain and preserve the origins of sacred rites and ceremonies and to tell the people’s history.


  • Silver Midwest Book Award for “Children's Fiction”
  • Finalist for ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award for “Children's Juvenile Fiction”


The Woman Who Lived with Wolves & Other Stories from the Tipi is another classic amalgamation of traditional story and art by Caldecott medal winning author/illustrator Paul Goble. Featuring treasured tales from Cheyenne, Blackfoot, Arapaho, Pawnee, Kiowa, Ojibwa, Mandan, and Lakota traditions, this collection is stunningly enhanced with 45 color paintings of unusual imagination, channeling many Native traditions and designs. The Woman Who Lived With Wolves presents a dazzling array of traditional wisdom tales from many Native cultures, each with its particular message, hero or heroine. Each story teaches something important and valuable about the interrelatedness of animals, nature, and human beings. Each must seek to understand and respect the sacred threads that bind them in life together. There are many teaching tales from many Buffalo days tribes and nations. Here in The Woman Who Lived with Wolves we are fortunate to be given a treasured look into a living past fraught with danger, hunger, hope and courage. The Woman Who Lived with Wolves is suitable for children ages 8 and up, as well as caring adults close to them.”
Midwest Book Review
“This is the second collection of stories of the old Buffalo Eaters, or the Plains Indians, recorded from 1890 to 1920, and retold and illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Paul Goble for World Wisdom Press. The stories share themes of courage, strength, and the connection to other beings, including animals, required to share and survive in this world. Forewords by Goble and Navaho leader and educator Vivian Arviso Deloria help readers place the stories in context. The tales themselves, and the stylized illustrations, provide plenty for adults and children alike to ponder. For ages eight and older.”
ForeWord Reviews
“Paul Goble presents the philosophy and life-wisdom of a culture through simply stated stories that even a fourth grader would enjoy. And in the reading of the stories some of the thoughts rub off on the reader.

“We love animals. A quote from Brave Buffalo, Lakota, shows the Native American belief that there can be communication between species, but ‘we must do the greater part in securing an understanding.’ The birds and animals speak in their tongue, we have to work to understand, as the ancient people did.

“‘Warned By an Owl’ is a story that demonstrates this understanding. An old arrow maker lived by himself. One night, as he was working at an arrow, he heard an owl hoot, and heeded the warning. The enemy warrior spying on him had not a chance.…

“Beautiful illustrations create a oneness between the words and the art. The style suits the story, and carries us effortlessly into the land of the Buffalo Eaters.”
Anjali Amit, from a review on the website 4th Grade Reading (click here to read the entire review)

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