Sylvie and the Wolf (Hardcover)

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By Andrea Debbink, Mercè López (Illustrator)
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Sylvie lives in the mountains and loves exploring the forest near her home and adventuring far and wide. She is not afraid of anything. Until one day, the forest seemed darker and too quiet. She saw a glint of eyes and snapping teeth, and it seemed like the shadows moved. Terrified, she runs home and, slowly, the fear of what she thought she saw begins to take over. She keeps it a secret, scared that she will be made fun of. What will happen when she can’t keep the secret anymore? 

This is such a beautiful story that teaches children about anxiety and the importance of vulnerability and communication. With stunning illustrations, this is the perfect family book that helps children begin to understand their emotions. 



— From Juicy June Staff Picks


Sylvie’s fear of the Wolf makes her world small. But when she is able to confront her fear, a wonderful discovery and healing unfolds.

Sylvie lives high in the mountains, where shadow meets light, wild streams follow twisting paths, and animals run free in the forest. Sylvie is not afraid of anything—until she meets the Wolf.

She keeps her fear a secret, and it begins to control her life and makes her world small. Finally, with the encouragement of a loving aunt, Sylvie is able to confront her fear and learns that, instead of running or hiding, she can move forward and live alongside it.

A beautifully told story that helps children learn how to emotionally care for themselves, show love and empathy to others, and understand the negative nature of secrets.

About the Author

Andrea Debbink is a former editor at American Girl magazine and the author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books for children and adults, including The Wild World Handbook series. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and daughter. Learn more about Andrea and her work at

Mercè López is the illustrator of dozens of projects in design, editorial, cinema, theater, and book publishing. Her work is inspired by her travels, friends, music, Japanese martial arts, and different cultures from around the world. Mercé lives in Mallorca, Spain. Learn more at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683648697
ISBN-10: 1683648692
Publisher: Sounds True
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English