ellen and the winter wolves

Kickstarter Video

Want a quick introduction to Ellen and the Winter Wolves? Watch my Kickstarter video to find out a little more about it.

Wolves and Birds

If you’ve read Ellen and the Winter Wolves you’ll know there are pictures of wolves and birds hidden within the images of the book. Can’t find them all? Click on the thumbnails below to see the full images along with the locations of the hidden pictures!

Notes and Questions

Feel free to write your thoughts in the comments section below. Or use the comments section to ask questions.

  • Perhaps you’ve noticed that Ellen’s mother’s clothing resembles the peacock in both color and pattern. Perhaps you’ve noticed a small green bird on the mantle in Ellen’s home. And perhaps you’ve observed Ellen’s bookend and the titles of her books and her stationary. What do these things suggest?
  • Did you notice the color of the text pages? What does the changing color suggest?
  • What do you think is the significance of the acorn on the key and on the garden gate?
  • Do you think the peacock is really under a curse?


Join the conversation and post a comment.

  1. Hannah

    I love this book, and your art is amazing! My son is really intrigued by the Winter Wolves and Spring characters. He can’t stop talking about Winter’s eyes and fangs (he’s three-years-old). I noticed that you have some prints that feature Ellen (or a girl very like her) for sale online, but they’re not pictures included in your book. Since the Kickstarter was successful, are you planning on writing a second book featuring Ellen? Side note, I mentioned a little bit about your book on my blog if you’d like to check it out: http://lingeringpianist.blogspot.com/2015/12/mailbox-monday-kickstarter-goodies.html
    You might also want to list it on goodreads.com. I went to leave a review there, but couldn’t find it.

    • jamin

      Hannah – I’m so glad your son likes the book! The Ellen character kind of developed on canvas before I actually wrote her story – thus all the other Ellen images that aren’t included in the book. When I decided to write the story I chose a few of them and went from there. I don’t have another Ellen story in mind right now, but I do have several other picture books that I’m working on.
      I’ll be getting several images from the Winter Wolves up in my store this week.
      Thanks for the mention on the blog! And good idea on goodreads. I’ll do that too!

  2. Karen Game

    We love this book! It is wonderful to read a book to the children that presents text and pictures which are equally engaging. My five children are aged between 18 months and 12 years, and all but the youngest have taken interest in this book in one way or another. We particularly enjoy how the hidden pictures gradually shift from predominantly wolves to predominantly birds, and that there are not a set number on each page so that the seeker must decide when they have all been found. We like Ellen’s village and feel it would be wondrous to read more about her – perhaps she will eventually meet all four seasons?

    • jamin

      Thanks for the feedback, Karen! I’m not sure why I wasn’t notified about these comments – I’m just seeing them now. So glad you like the book (and the kids, too!)

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