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White Fang: Book Summary

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Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

'White Fang' is a book about wolves and adventures. It was written long ago, in 1906, but it's still read by kids everywhere today. This lesson will teach you all about what happens in the book. Updated: 03/05/2021

What Is White Fang?

Have you ever wondered what animals think of humans? White Fang is a book written mostly from the perspective, or point of view, of a wolf. The book was written by Jack London and published in 1906.

White Fang takes place in Canada during the Klondike Gold Rush. It was such a popular book that it was made into a movie several different times.

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White Fang: Plot Summary

The plot of a book or story just tells you what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. White Fang is already broken up into three parts. Let's see what happens.

Part One

White Fang starts with two men, Henry and Bill, trying to survive with very little food and protection. They have a pack of sled dogs, but strangely, the numbers keep changing. They start with six dogs, but then one morning have seven, then five. They learn that there's a female wolf luring the male wolves away during the night.

This keeps happening and wolves keep leaving, so Bill decides to kill the female wolf. Unfortunately, he gets killed instead, and Henry is left alone with only two wolves. His wood is gone and he isn't able to build a fire. He's afraid he will die, but is rescued by a group of men at the end of Part One.

Part Two

Instead of being told from the perspective of the humans, Part Two tells the story from the perspective of the female wolf. The wolf pack breaks up, and the female wolf travels with three other male wolves. Eventually, one of the male wolves, named One-Eye, kills the other two males, and One-Eye and the female wolf live together. When the female wolf gives birth to her cubs, they are too small and sickly and all of them die except one, a little gray wolf. He is the strongest wolf cub and learns quickly how to hunt and survive.

Part Three

Surprise! That strong wolf cub is White Fang!

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