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Call of the Wild (2020) – Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide

  1. Buck is described by the narrator at one point as being ‘beaten but not broken’. What do you think this means? What kinds of personality traits or good experiences has Buck had in his life that help him get through the difficult times?CAREGIVER NOTE: While this question focuses on Buck and his resilience it can be a way for children to discuss their own trauma and resilience as well. In trauma-informed care training they call these ‘protective factors’- the positive people, personality traits, and experiences we carry with us. The more of these we have, the better able we are to deal  with the trauma we experience. Help children identify these protective factors in Buck- his master’s family he lived with at the beginning of the movie loved him unconditionally, he was determined/stubborn, curious, kind to others, he had positive experiences being part of a team when he worked with Francois, etc. Then if they are able, help them to identify their own protective …

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About the Author: Jenn Ehlers

Jenn is a central Virginia native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Since then she has worked for a local mental health agency and the Department of Social Services in various capacities and has been involved in her community’s efforts to create a Trauma Informed Network. Currently Jenn works in vocational rehab and mentors youth in foster care. When she isn’t working, Jenn enjoys writing stories, anything and everything Harry Potter, and spending time with her niece and nephew.


**Transfiguring Adoption is a nonprofit organization seeking to nurture growth in foster and adoptive families by giving a HOOT about their families. Transfiguring Adoption does not intend for its reviewers nor its review to be professional, medical or legal advice. These reviews and discussion guides are intended to help parents to better be able to connect and understand their children who come from traumatic backgrounds.


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Jenn is a central Virginia native who received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia in 2012. Since then she has worked for a local mental health agency and the Department of Social Services in various capacities and has been involved in her community’s efforts to create a Trauma Informed Network. Currently Jenn works in vocational rehab and mentors youth in foster care. When she isn’t working, Jenn enjoys writing stories, anything and everything Harry Potter, and spending time with her niece and nephew.

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