So, I mentioned before that we've read a lot of books with porcine protagonists. Well, I'm starting a band with that name. No, wait, that's not right. I meant to say that there are lots of wolves in those stories as the bad guys.
And so, Austin developed a fear of wolves. Lupophobia? He's said that he's had nightmares about wolves, and before bed he asks me if there are wolves in the house.
I've tried to explain that wolves don't live around here, that wolves don't eat people, and all that, but he's still scared.
So I borrowed Never Cry Wolf from the library. It's a beautiful film by Carol Ballard based on the memoir by Farley Mowat. Mowat spent six months in arctic Canada studying wolves to see if they were truly behind the loss of the caribou herds. In fact, they weren't, and Mowat's book helped change the perception of wolves from scary to admirable.
Ballard's film is an amazing blend of drama and natural footage.
Anyway, after watching half the movie, Austin has been talking about how he wants to go north and spend time with the wolves.