Songs for A Wolf at the Gate (CD)

SKU: awolfatthegateCD
Artist: Jon Felton and his Soulmobile
Published: 4/2016
Format: Music CD
Length: 30 Minutes
Subjects: Folk Music/Sing-a-long

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Jon Felton and his Soulmobile combine acoustic Appalachian instruments, punk energy, and a hint of silliness to illuminate the plot, themes, and characters of Mark Van Steenwyk's award-winning book for youngsters, A Wolf at the Gate. Humorous and singable, these may be the first songs about class struggle, income inequality, and creative nonviolence that your child loves. Good for grown-ups, too. 

Track listings:
1. The Prayer of the Beggar King
2. The Song of the Red Wolf
3. The Song of the Raven
4. The Song of the Outlaws
5. The Song of the Beggars (Kneeuhmajeans)
6. The Song of the Nobles
7. Simple Gifts
8. School in the Forest
9. Sacred Trees
10. Hungry, Hungry Wolf

 Praise for the book A Wolf at the Gate:

A Wolf at the Gate is a simple story that evokes profound and fundamental themes: survival, hunger, war and violence, law and justice, fear, greed, and predation. In the hands of Mark Van Steenwyk it becomes a transformative parable of truth and reconciliation, the power of community, and the dazzling force of love enacted in the public square, the very heart of justice.”
—Bill Ayers, author of Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident

“Van Steenwyk retells the story of St. Francis of Assisi and the wolf of Gubbio in his first book for children. This time, the story is narrated from the point of view of the wolf with a red coat, ‘born under the red glow of the Hunter’s Moon,’ a clever shift that adds tension and new beauty to a familiar tale. When her pack is forced to leave their native forest because humans in nearby Stonebriar deplete the wolves’ food, she remains. Angry and starving, the red wolf begins to prey on humans and their livestock. Soon, Blood Wolf, as she is now called, meets the Beggar King, ‘beloved by the common folk.’ Under his tutelage, she transforms from angry, violent predator—feared by animals and humans alike—to kind friend to all, renamed Sister Wolf. As a result of her instruction from the Beggar King, Sister Wolf comes to understand that all life is worth preserving and that loving kindness is the greatest of all gifts. Influenced by Japanese woodblock prints, Hedstrom’s stark, solid, and lovely illustrations appear throughout.”
Publishers Weekly

About Jon Felton and his Soulmobile:

It's like this: SOULMOBILE's always riding off into the dusty old horizon. That's their home. Fending off dangers untold with guitars, banjo, dulcimer, drums, and whatever's nearby, Camp Soul is holding out and ringing a bell. Jon carries the vision, the others hold him up and give the thing its shape. Body and soul, maybe: Properly difficult to distinguish. In any case, if you peek in on them don't be bashful; I think you'll find them welcoming to strangers.

See and hear more on Jon Felton and his Soulmobile’s page HERE

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