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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Book Review: Big Wolf & Little Wolf

Author: Nadine Brun-Cosme
Illustrated by:  Olivier Tallec
Interest Level: Preschool-Grade 2

About This Book: 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. -from School Library Journal

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Have you ever had a whole classroom clap after you read a book? It's pretty cute and cool when it happens. Big Wolf and Little Wolf practically got a standing ovation. This is a touching story of friendship. Big Wolf is content living a solace little life style under a tree, OR IS HE? Something spectacular happens to him when he finally 'invites' the friendship of Little Wolf into his life. He's changed forever and for the better.  Sharing, caring, being grateful, appreciation of another....you will get the 'works' in this sweet story. More endearing friendship books for my shelf. Yippeee!

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