|The Call of the Wild
The following collection of thematically related readings is available
in The Call of the Wild and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's
Literature Connections series.
"The Wolf and the Dog" by Marie de France
(from Marie de France: Fables, © 1987)
Summary: In this poem a wolf and a dog contrast their lives.
Excerpt from The Hidden Life of Dogs by Elizabeth Marshall
Summary: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, an author who has spent years studying
dog behavior, defends anthropomorphism--the belief that animals have
human-like motivations, characteristics, and behavior.
"The Man Who Was a Horse" by Julius Lester
(from Long Journey Home: Stories from Black History, © 1972)
Summary: Like Jack London, the cowboy in this story understands that
to truly understand a wild creature, a human has to put himself in the
"The Wolf Said to Francis" by A.G. Rochelle
Summary: This poem imaginatively recreates a meeting between St. Francis
of Assisi and a wolf.
"Unsentimental Mother" by Sally Carrighar
(from Icebound Summer, © 1953)
Summary: Sally Carrighar spent about ten years in the arctic studying
Eskimos and arctic wildlife. In "Unsentimental Mother" she offers this
account of the first few weeks in the life of an Arctic seal.
"Long Duel" by Robert Murphy
(from The Phantom Setter and Other Stories, © 1966)
Summary: This short story poses the question: To what lengths might
a person or animal go to avenge the death of a hero?