Julie of the Wolves – Literature – Evaluation

The novel Julie of the Wolves won the John Newbery Medalfor the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children” in 1973.
The language in the novel is easy enough for children to understand whose first language is English. Foreign language learners might have difficulties to understand it well. This is because there are certain technical words in the books within subject areas of the Arctic like specific animals and plants or of the Inuit culture. Also there are other somewhat unusual words that might be hard to understand.
However, through the frequent use of direct speech and short sentences, the text is easier to read and more attractive for children. Additionally, the font size is big enough and facilitates reading.
Due to the fact that the main protagonist Miyax is an adolescent, the pupils can identify themselves with the character. This is supported by a third person limited narration through which the reader gets an insight of Miyax´s feelings and thoughts.
Moreover, the story is appealing for children who love animals and adventurous stories, because Miyax has to find a way to live with the wolves and often struggles to survive. Also it shows that friendship between an animal and a human is possible and that there is a way to communicate with them, which children, themselves, may have already experienced.
Furthermore, it is interesting to learn about a possibly unknown culture – the Inuit culture. Through the story the reader gets a better insight into the culture, for instance in the way of life or particular traditions. Additionally, the reader can even learn some words and phrases in Eskimo language.