Big Wolf and Little Wolf

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A picture book that is unique in mood and tone about the friendship that develops between a solitary big wolf and a little wolf. It's about what happens when a solitary wolf becomes a lonely wolf. Named a 2010 Batchelder Honor Book for being an outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States
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A picture book that is unique in mood and tone about the friendship that develops between a solitary big wolf and a little wolf. It's about what happens when a solitary wolf becomes a lonely wolf. Named a 2010 Batchelder Honor Book for being an outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States
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From the Publisher

Batchelder Honor Book 2010

ALA Notable Books 2010

Prix de l'album 2007 Cherbourg

Prix France Télévision 2006

Prix des Enfants 2006 du Salon Chrétien de Troyes

Prix littéraire jeunesse de 2006 Chambray-les-tours

Adopted by the French National curriculum

"This is a book that deserves a place on readers' shelves and in their hearts."—Booklist

"Brun-Cosme has created a picture book with a unique feel. Her wording is simple and almost bare. It is through that very minimalist writing that the emotions are really clear and powerful."— Kids Lit blog

"Love, love, love this book! . . . Just a great story that your child will love to have you read to him and you'll enjoy it just as much. Great storytelling!"— (three stars)

"I just can't say enough good things about this book. I fell in love immediately and found myself wanting more at the end. The illustrations, the story-lovely, wonderful, excellent! A stunning book with a simple message reminding us of the beauty of friendship."-

From a Review of the Big Wolf and Little Wolf Trilogy:
"They are sweet stories and with Tallec's sweeping illustrations carry an old world feel...Most importantly, the characters are so appealing that readers will be delighted to follow them of their adventures...They are books to hold on to and for certain thoughtful children will be trasures beyond childhood." -Colleen Mondor, Eclectica Magazine

Children's Literature - Keri Collins Lewis
Big Wolf leads a pleasurable, solitary life filled with his favorite things: morning exercises, fresh fruit, long walks in the woods, and quiet nights under his leaf blanket close to his tree. He is content with being a lone wolf until one day when he sees a blue dot approaching on the horizon. Who could it be? Could it be someone bigger, better, braver, or faster than Big Wolf? It is a very small, very blue wolf, who has the nerve to come right up to Big Wolf's tree. And to stay all day, without speaking. That night, when Big Wolf sees Little Wolf shivering, he shares a corner of his leaf blanket. The next day Big Wolf graciously allows Little Wolf to join him for morning exercises and even shares some fruit with him. Satisfied that Little Wolf is not a threat, Big Wolf sets off alone on his walk. Upon returning, however, Big Wolf is dismayed that his small friend is nowhere to be seen. Big Wolf's life is as it was before, but for the first time Big Wolf knows what it feels like to be lonely, and he is sad. As he waits, he concludes that if Little Wolf comes back, he will do more for him, be more generous, and share more. In the distance, Big Wolf sees a tiny dot, and for the first time his heart beats with joy. In the end, Little Wolf stays for good. Originally published to great acclaim in France, Nadine Brun-Cosme's sensitive story is perfectly matched with Olivier Tallec's original and emotional art. Thoughtful yet humorous, this exquisitely illustrated tale describes in simple language the pleasures to be found in overcoming one's own doubts and insecurities to reach out to a new friend. Reviewer: Keri Collins Lewis
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Big Wolf lives alone under a tree at the top of a hill until one autumn day when Little Wolf comes along. At first he is wary of this stranger who silently joins him for exercises at the top of the tree, lunch at the base, and sleepy time against the trunk. But when Big Wolf goes for a walk and comes back to find Little Wolf gone, he realizes that "a little one, indeed a very little one, [has] taken up space in his heart. A lot of space." Big Wolf waits through a lonely winter, until one spring day a tiny dot in the distance slowly grows to become Little Wolf, returning at last, and a beautiful friendship begins. This translation has careful phrasing. Tallec's colorful illustrations play off the quiet dignity of the text, revealing emotion through the characters' stances and expressions, employing a sketchy painting style that brims with light.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592700844
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 671,573
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nadine Brun-Cosme is the author of nearly 20 popular novels and picture books for children. She lives in France. Her two Big Wolf and Little Wolf books have sold 50,000 copies worldwide. Olivier Tallec was born in Brittany in 1970. After graduating from the Ecole Supérieure d'Art graphique in Paris he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has done numerous illustrations for newspapers and magazines and has illustrated over 50 books for children.
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  • Posted May 9, 2010

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    Big Wolf's Big Connection With A Little Friend

    Big Wolf is a loner and not so sure what to make of the little "dot" that he sees approaching his tree one day. Instead of keeping it at bay, however, Big Wolf lets the little wolf approach and, in fact, becomes quite fond of the little fella. But even Big Wolf doesn't know how fond he is of his new friend until little wolf disappears and the worry sets in. My favorite part is when Big Wolf realizes that, ". . . a little one, indeed a very little one, had taken up space in his heart. A lot of space." Do yourself a favor and check out this treasure about a pair of friends who come to realize that their differences don't really matter one little bit.

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