In Julie of the Wolves by Jean George, why does Miyax name the cowardly wolf "Jello"?  

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That is a super cool part of the book.  Me, personally, I would be terrified by hanging out with a bunch of wolves.  Miyax, though, is completely calm around the wolves.  She is calm because she learned to be that way from her father, but she is also calm because she needs the wolves to accept her and help her.  She is lost on the North Slope of Alaska, which is barren and basically devoid of food.  What she brought with her has run out, and Miyax left her village without her gun.  She needs the wolves to help feed her. As she begins to befriend the wolves, she begins assigning them names in order to better remember each wolf by.  She calls the leader Amaroq, and she gives the other wolves really rugged wolf names like "Silver" and "Nails."  The smaller, scared wolf she names "Jello" because when he approached Amaroq, he quivered and trembled in front of the alpha male.  The shaking wolf reminded Miyax of the dessert that her mother-in-law made.  

Next, Nails took Amaroq's jaw in his mouth and the leader bit the top of his nose. A third adult, a small male, came slinking up. He got down on his belly before Amaroq, rolled trembling to his back, and wriggled.

"Hello, Jello," Miyax whispered, for he reminded her of the quivering gussak dessert her mother-in-law made.

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