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Big Wolf & Little Wolf

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A story about how life changes when one comes to understand the meaning of friendship and sharing.

Big Wolf lives alone under a tree at the top of a hill. He is alone, but happy. One day he sees another wolf approaching, a little wolf. Without a word, Little Wolf sits down next to Big Wolf. He stays all night and all the next day. At first Big Wolf is suspicious. He also is worried that Little Wolf will grow bigger and become a rival. After a while, however, he starts to feel fond of his small companion. He decides to let Little Wolf share his covers, just a little, so he isn’t cold at night. The next day he shares some of his lunch. Just as Big Wolf is starting to get used to his new friend, and even to care for him, Little Wolf disappears. Big Wolf is too proud to cry or get upset, but the reader cannot miss the great mix of emotions he feels, which are movingly portrayed in Olivier Tallec’s sensitive illustrations. Big Wolf loses his appetite and cannot sleep. He spends his time staring at the horizon, waiting for Little Wolf to return, but without the slightest reason to hope that he will. But with the arrival of spring Little Wolf does return. Big Wolf is so happy his heart almost bursts. The two wolves shyly admit that without each other they found life lonely. Never again will they leave each other’s side.

32 pages, Hardcover

Published April 1, 2009

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Nadine Brun-Cosme

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Née en 1960, Nadine Brun-Cosme vit en région parisienne. Après avoir exercé plusieurs professions en contact avec des enfants et des adolescents, elle consacre à présent tout son temps à l'écriture. Nadine Brun-Cosme est l’auteure chez Flammarion jeunesse de la série unanimement reconnue «Grand Loup & petit loup» ainsi que des séries «Loup ne sait pas» et «Le club des DYS». Elle a également signé plusieurs albums, dont Moi devant en collaboration avec Olivier Tallec.

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Author 8 books2,835 followers
October 27, 2009
It's seems strange to say that different countries produce different flavors of children's literature, but it's true. The Dutch books feel one way, the Japanese another. And the French books... well, where else could we have gotten the setting of Madeline or the writing of Nicholas? Recently I haven't seen many French works of children's literature. They don't get published this side of the pond as often as they might, but once in a while one or two slip through. Most recently, in has slipped an understated but infinitely charming little series starring two wolves with childlike neuroses. Big Wolf and Little Wolf comes straight from the sunny shores of France and for those parents looking for a new sibling book, this may be one of the less common alternatives out there. One of the sweeter too.

Big Wolf lives under a tree alone, and he likes it that way. That is, until Little Wolf arrives. Small and blue and unassuming, Big Wolf does not turn away the little fellow but he does watch him. When it's cold at night, he offers a small corner of his blanket. When he exercises, he allows Little Wolf to exercise with him. And as he grows more comfortable with the small fellow, he grows fond of him. So it's as much a shock to him as to anyone when Little Wolf leaves and Big Wolf is left feeling abandoned. Fortunately, all works out well in the end, the two wolves realizing that they need one another, even if it's not immediately obvious.

In a lot of ways this is one great big metaphor for getting a new sibling. There's someone new, they're smaller than you, and they seem to want to do everything you do. So you tolerate their presence for a time, but if they were actually to go away permanently you'd feel just terrible. You can't help but love how insecure Big Wolf is too. He's constantly afraid that Little Wolf is going to best him in some way. That he might be bigger, or a better climber, or be superior in any way, shape, or form. The fact that Little Wolf simply could not be more unthreatening never seems to occur to the larger fellow. He's so desperate to be superior, that when Little Wolf takes off, the emotional vacuum he leaves behind catches the big guy entirely out of the blue. One does have to wonder what Little Wolf is getting out of this relationship, but if the book's a sibling metaphor anyway then Little Wolf is just content to bask in the presence of his big hero.

There's a bit of hyperbole to the language at times. Big Wolf, seeing that Little Wolf is gone, "felt uneasy for the first time in his life." Seems a bit much at first, but the book is like that from the start. After all, the first two sentences read, "Big Wolf lived alone under his tree at the top of a hill. It had always been that way." And for kids, the way something is is the way something has ALWAYS been. The heart of the book seems to have arrived in English unscathed. Claudia Bedrick is the translator and it would be interesting to compare the original French to what she has written here. She seems to do a good job, reprinting lines like, "For the first time he said to himself that a little one, indeed a very little one, had taken up space in his heart. A lot of space." It's difficult to write an emotion of that sort without becoming schmaltzy, and I don't necessarily think that Brun-Cosme has done a bad job of it. But it would still be interesting to compare it to the original phrase.

Tallec's illustrations are a strange but rather delightful mix of mediums. If you'll notice, Big Wolf is drawn with what appears to be colored pencils or graphite over a paint wash. You get glimpses of the backgrounds of scenes through his fur sometimes. Also, the occasional swish of paint will run up his body on the outside, depending on the scene, but generally there is a free hand to his design. Little Wolf, on the other hand, is rendered in thick blue paints. Both wolves express most of their emotions through their eyes. Mouths will appear on occasion, but they're usually just cursory slashes across the face. Eyes are entirely different. When Big Wolf shares a corner of his leaf blanket with Little Wolf, one eye is closed and another cocked open, curious. In another scene we get a close-up of Big Wolf's face as he shields his eyes in an attempt to see into the distance for Little Wolf. Those same eyes are wide and white and desperate. Or there is the scene before that when he sits next to the tree. Big Wolf's body curves in a sideways U of pain and disbelief. Dejection is apparent in his shape, and the slightest curve of his eyebrows. This could almost be a silent book without words and it would still make a fair amount of sense, thanks to Tallec's grasp of universal emotions and images.

Will kids dig it? Some will. It's a lovely story, and it's hard not to grow attached to the characters and their expressive little eyeballs. I doubt there's a child out there who will grasp the fact that this is about learning to love small interlopers. Instead, they'll just understand this to be a tale of suspicion, love, loss, and family. Worth a gander, and sweet in all the right ways. A keeper.

Ages 4-8.
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2,802 reviews1,234 followers
March 17, 2010
I waited a long time for this to be available at the library and it was worth the wait.

The atmosphere of melancholy and loneliness permeates this book, yet ultimately it’s a lovely story about finding friendship, and choosing companionship and sharing over isolation.

I love that big wolf has a book he's reading.

The illustrations are quirky and appealing.
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1,525 reviews173 followers
September 28, 2018
If ever there was a reason for us to pick up literature beyond our own borders, then this picturebook by Brun-Cosme and Tallec (and translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick) is one. Written and published in French, this story tells the story of a growing relationship between Big Wolf and Little Wolf. This is a picturebook full of humour but also tenderness and love.

When Big Wolf first sees Little Wolf, he is immediately concerned that his world will change for the worse and that when he cares about might be lost. It is only when he spends time with this newcomer that he realises that sharing his world with another is a far richer experience that he had ever thought possible. A beautiful tale.
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Author 2 books28 followers
October 14, 2018
Πολύ τρυφερό, ωραίες ζωγραφιές, δεν βρήκα τίποτα που να μην ήθελα να διαβάσει ένα παιδί. Θα το έδινα σ' ένα παιδί.
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Author 3 books80 followers
April 22, 2018
Ξέρω ότι είναι δύσκολο να επιλέξει κάποιος βιβλία, ειδικά για τις ηλικίες 4-7 χρονών. Οι προτάσεις είναι πολυάριθμες, τα εξώφυλλα και οι εικονογραφήσεις πανέμορφες, συχνά εντυπωσιακές (σε κάποιες περιπτώσεις παραπλανητικές), και η αγωνία των γονιών να επιλέξουν το καλύτερο παραμύθι (με το “σωστό μήνυμα”) μεγάλη. Τις πρώτες θέσεις στην επιλογή καταλαμβάνουν βιβλία με περίοπτη θέση στα βιβλιοπωλεία ή εκείνα που παρουσιάζονται με ένθερμα λόγια από ιστολόγια σχετικά με την παιδική και νεανική λογοτεχνία.
Εγώ, πάλι, θα σας περιγράψω μια σκηνή. Ορισμένες χρονιές τυχαίνει να έχω λίγες ώρες ευέλικτης ζώνης και προτιμώ να ασχολούμαι με το βιβλίο. Διαβάζουμε παραμύθια και ιστορίες, τα συζητάμε, ενίοτε τα συγκρίνουμε, μιλάμε για τους συγγραφείς, φτιάχνουμε στιχάκια και προσπαθούμε να περνάμε καλά.
Μια μέρα, λοιπόν, την ώρα που διάβαζα ένα παραμύθι, πασχίζοντας να δείξω τις εικόνες, συνειδητοποίησα ότι είχε επικρατήσει μια παράξενη (πρωτόγνωρη για την ακρίβεια) ησυχία στην τάξη. Σήκωσα τα μάτια μου και είδα 23 προσωπάκια με ορθάνοιχτα μάτια από την αγωνία να παρακολουθούν την εικόνα από τον προτζέκτορα‧ ορισμένα είχαν σχεδόν βουρκώσει. Για λίγα δευτερόλεπτα διέκρινα τη μαγεία στα πρόσωπα των παιδιών, είδα συναίσθημα, είδα να μπαίνουν μέσα στην ιστορία. Είναι από τις στιγμές που αποκτούν διάρκεια και τις έχεις μέσα σου για καιρό.
Αφού τελείωσα το παραμύθι, το συζητήσαμε αυθόρμητα, και όχι επειδή έπρεπε να το «δουλέψουμε». Και την επόμενη φορά το συζητήσαμε πάλι... Και το αναφέραμε ξανά μια άλλη φορά... Δεν προλάβαινα να ρωτήσω (-Παιδιά, θυμόσαστε την ιστορία με τον λύκο και το λυκάκι) και ένα σωρό χεράκια, μαζί με ακόμα περισσότερες φωνούλες, είχαν γεμίσει την αίθουσα.
Μπορεί να ήταν η ιστορία, μπορεί η εικονογράφηση, ίσως το «μήνυμα»... Ποιος ξέρει. Είναι παράξενο, κιόλας, γιατί σε αυτές τις ηλικίες μεγαλύτερη απήχηση έχουν συνήθως οι αστείες ιστορίες, και η συγκεκριμένη έχει μια δόση μελαγχολίας (αν και το τέλος είναι αισιόδοξο). Πρόκειται για μια ιστορία με επίκεντρο τα συναισθήματα, την αγάπη και το πώς χτίζεται μια φίλια.
Όσο για την όμορφη εικονογράφηση, στα παιδιά άρεσε πολύ η μουσούδα του Μεγάλου Λύκου αλλά και το αξιολάτρευτο γαλάζιο Λυκάκι, καθώς και όλες οι στιγμές που περνούσαν τα δύο ζωάκια μαζί.
Αν τύχει και το αγοράσετε, την ώρα που θα φτάσετε στο σημείο, όπου το Λυκάκι προσπαθεί να μιμηθεί αδέξια τις ασκήσεις γυμναστικής του Μεγάλου Λύκου, κάνετε μια προσπάθεια να σηκωθείτε μαζί με το πιτσιρίκι σας και να εκτελέσετε τις ασκήσεις. Εκεί να δείτε γέλιο! Αφού ολοκληρώσετε την ιστορία, μπορείτε αν σας κάνει κέφι, να αναφερθείτε σε άλλα παραμύθια με λύκους, καλούς ή κακούς. Αυτό προκάλεσε μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον στα παιδιά, όλα είχαν να αναφέρουν μια ιστορία και να μιλήσουν για έναν συγκεκριμένο λύκο που… Αλλά θα το διαπιστώσετε μόνοι σας 😊
Θα τα πούμε σύντομα με μια άλλη ιστορία φτιαγμένη από τα ίδια τα παιδιά.

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Το βιβλίο λέγεται: “Ο Μεγάλος Λύκος και ο Μικρός Λύκος”
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7,174 reviews187 followers
May 19, 2019
Triumphantly (and happily) alone, Big Wolf sits under his tree at the top of a hill, observing the world around him. "It had always been that way," the narrator tells us. Then one day, a little (blue) wolf arrives, appearing first as a tiny dot on the horizon. Big Wolf isn't sure what to make of this newcomer, but deciding that he is too small to be a threat, he grudgingly shares his blanket and his morning exercises, eventually taking Little Wolf to heart. But it is only when his new friend disappears, that Big Wolf realizes just how much he has come to value his companionship.

Originally published in France as Grand Loup et Petit Loup, this quietly moving picture-book explores the nature of friendship, and our common need for companionship. Without any flashy prose, or dramatic narrative developments, Nadine Brun-Cosme manages to create a genuinely affecting tale in Big Wolf and Little Wolf, and the reader will be heartened (and much relieved) by the conclusion. Olivier Tallec's gorgeous artwork, with its vividly contrasted palette and its expressive details, provides the perfect visual accompaniment to the tale, capturing the melancholy and joy of both Big and Little Wolf's experience. Of course, they don't look anything like wolves, but that's OK - they look like themselves! Highly, highly recommended!
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1,853 reviews111 followers
January 18, 2018
I'm slowly making my way through The 7 Loveliest Children’s Books of 2017 as selected by brainpickings. You can see the list here: https://www.brainpickings.org/2017/12...

This is the third picture book on the list that I've read and it's a cute story about being happy with your current life, but then something happens that you are unsure of at first, and then you realize that some changes are a wonderful thing after all. The art is sketchy, cute, and colorful. This would be a lovely read aloud story for all the littles in your life.
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Author 3 books80 followers
February 23, 2018
The kids in school loved it, they were so impressed. Beautiful illustration and text.
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60 reviews
October 3, 2015
I absolutely loved this book. It is so adorable. Big wolf and little wolf is about a big wolf who lives at the top of a hill under a tree. He is alone but happy. However, later you find out he is lonely. One day, a small blue wolf strolls up the hill. The big wolf doesn't like this because he is in his territory. He sees this as a problem because the little wolf just befriends him early and stays in his territory. Instead of seeing him as a friend, he sees him as a rival and someone who is going to be bigger than him. He doesn't want anyone to be better than him. The wolf follows him everywhere and treats him like an idal. He sees him as a fatherly figure and wants to do what he does. One day the little wolf leaves and the big wolf realizes that he is lonely. He misses the wolf when he is gone. And when he comes back you see the joy that each bring to one another.

The theme is friendship and sharing. This would be great to teach young children about the value of sharing and helping others. It is also very inspirational in that it encourages you to follow your dreams.

The illustrations are creatively done. The aspect of time and seasons is portrayed and the pictures go along with the text.

It won the honor book from the American Library Association.
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57 reviews1 follower
May 10, 2023
Questo albo illustrato racconta la storia di un lupo solitario, abituato a trascorrere le proprie giornate secondo la sua routine di sonno, esercizi, cibo e passeggiate.

Un giorno, però, nella radura sbucherà "un puntolino", il quale a mano a mano che si avvicina si rivelerà essere un piccolo lupetto.

Lupo all'inizio guarderà a lui con diffidenza finché il piccolino non riuscirà, in poco tempo, a farsi spazio nel suo cuore.

Si tratta di un bellissimo libro di formazione, con immagini che spaziano da colori caldi e vibranti a sfumature pastello e toni più freddi.

Il tema del libro e il messaggio finale sono, secondo me, tenerissimi e adatti a tutte le età, non solo ai bambini, per quest'ultimi comunque se ne consiglia la lettura dai tre anni in poi.
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483 reviews107 followers
December 30, 2021
My first children book in years and I loved it. The story is simple but with complex social implications. The drawings are great and the overall effect is soooo heartwarming.
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350 reviews
October 28, 2022
Taaskord maiuspala tõlkeraamatute hulgast väikelastele. Südamlik lugu esmapilgul kergelt pahurast suurest hundist, kelle ellu saabub väike hunt. Endalegi ootamatult avastab suur hunt, et pisike hunt võtab tema südames suure, suure ruumi ja nii sünnib sõprus :) Lugu ilmestamas kaunid illustratsioonid.
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19 reviews
October 17, 2021
Big Wolf & Little Wolf is written by Nadine Brun-Cosme, illustrated by Olivier Tallec, and
translated from the French version by Claudia Bedrick. This story is a 2010 (Mildred L.) Batchelder Award winner for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

Big Wolf is essentially a "lone" wolf. He has become accustomed to living his life on his own and likes it that way. That is until Little Wolf decides to come join him under his tree. Big Wolf is resistant to the new visitor and tries his best to avoid him. Little Wolf is persistent and continues to follow Big Wolf's lead. One day, Big Wolf goes into the forest and upon his return he notices that Little Wolf is gone. Big Wolf looks for Little Wolf everywhere but can not find him and realizes he is lonely and misses his new friend. During Little Wolf's absence Big Wolf decided that he is going to share his food, leaf blanket with Little Wolf and let him climb higher in the tree and take part in his special exercises. After waiting and waiting Little Wolf returns and Big Wolf's heart is full of joy upon seeing his friend again. Big Wolf and Little Wolf tell each other how lonely they have been without the other one. It is then, that Big Wolf and Little Wolf know the they need each other and belong together.

This is a sweet story about two unlikely and opposite wolves who find friendship and belonging despite their differences. The illustrations are bold and vivid and enhance the story. I enjoyed this book and know that primary school children would enjoy this as well. This book would be perfect to use in a Social-Emotional lesson on loneliness, friendship and belonging.

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Author 10 books96 followers
March 3, 2020
ذئب كبير وذئب صغير.
يعيش الذئب الكبير وحيدًا تحت شجرة في قمة التل. لكنه سعيد جدًا بوحدته. حتى يأتي اليوم الذي يزوره فيه ذئب صغير. ومن دون أن ينطق بكلمة واحدة، يجلس الذئب الصغير إلى جانب الذئب الكبير، ويبقى معه طوال الليل، وفي اليوم التالي يقوم الذئب الصغير بتقليد الذئب الكبير في كل شيء، كتسلق الشجرة والتمارين الرياضية، وتناول البرتقال، ومشاركته بطانيته أثناء النوم، وغيرها من الأمور. في البداية يشعر الذئب الكبير بالريبة والقلق تجاه الذئب الصغير، ويعتقد بأنه سيكبر ويصبح منافسًا له. لكنه مع الوقت يتعود عليه، بل ويسعد بصحبته. حتى يختفي الذئب الصغير من التل ولا يعود إليه رغم انتظار الذئب الكبير له. يعتقد الذئب الكبير بأنه لن يتأثر، وبأن حياته ستعود إلى ما كانت عليه، وأنه سينعم بالسعادة التي عاشها قبل أن يلتقي بالذئب الصغير، لكن ذلك لا يحدث إطلاقًا، فيجد نفسه وقد فقد شهيته للطعام، وجافاه النوم، وأمضى وقته كله محدقًا في السماء راجيًا عودته. فهل يعود الذئب الصغير؟ وإن عاد ماذا سيفعل الذئب الكبير يا تُرى؟.

هذه القصة الجميلة الدافئة ستدعو قراءها حتمًا إلى تأمل معانٍ عميقة وعظيمة؛ كالقدرة على الرعاية والصداقة والحب رغم كل الريبة، والشك، والخوف من المجهول الذي يحمله لنا التغيير. أتخيل الأسئلة التي سيطرحها الكبار والصغار أيضًا بعد قراءتها. الرسم أيضًا جاء معززًا لكل تلك المعاني وناقلًا لها بنجاح، فأوليفر تالك يجعل من الصعب على القارئ أن لا يتعاطف ويلتحم مع شخصيات القصص التي يرسمها، عدى عن استخدامه الذكي والمدروس للألوان.
21 reviews
February 1, 2021
Big Wolf and Little Wolf is a story that was initially written in French. It was a Batchelder Honor Book in 2010. This beautiful story focus on loneliness, belonging, friendship, kindness, and compassion. The story is so versatile that can capture the interest of all ages from kindergarten to middle school. I like this book because I find it fascinating how the book opens up the discussion about loneliness and self-awareness: important and touchy topics the students need to learn during this pandemic time. Additionally, the text illustrates how we depend on each other, and how true friendship can makes us better people. Big Wolf and Little Wolf it is a self-reflective journey in which two wolves find themselves and each other so they do not have to “walk” alone in the” forest” anymore. It is a beautiful metaphor that will teach students to think about others. Some of the uses for future lessons could be socio-emotional learning: mindfulness, loneliness, sense of belonging, self-awareness, and friendship. Other lessons could include skills such as prediction, cause, and effect, re-telling, making connections - world to self, theme, and dialogue. I would also recommend this story as a mirror text for newcomers, refugees, and/or immigrant families. Read Aloud available on Youtube.
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30 reviews1 follower
October 31, 2022
"Pentru prima oară își dădea seama că și ceva mic, chiar foarte mic, poate să-ți ocupe un loc în inimă. Chiar mult, mult loc."
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83 reviews
October 21, 2020
This is a lovely story about the growing friendship between big wolf and little wolf. The book demonstrates the importance of love and appreciating the ones around you. The illustrations are beautiful.
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986 reviews18 followers
March 21, 2021
Zastanawiałam się, jak tu zacząć, ale nie wiem... autentycznie: brak mi słów - to jest WSPANIAŁE. "Duży Wilk i Mały Wilk", to jedna z najpiękniejszych książeczek dla dzieci, jakie miałam kiedykolwiek w rękach. Ja pokochałam tę historię od pierwszego wejrzenia! Mistrzostwo świata! Delikatne, subtelne, nienachalne, proste, a jednocześnie takie głębokie i czułe. Tak niewiele słów, a tak wiele treści - arcyARCYdobre.
Nadine Brun-Cosme przedstawia nam Dużego Wilka, który mieszka sam pod drzewem... od zawsze. Ma swoje przyzwyczajenia, swoje widzimisie i nie wykazuje chęci zmiany. Dobrze mu tu, gdzie jest i tak, jak jest. Jednak.... pewnego dnia... w oddali... dostrzega mały, malutki punkcik, który ewidentnie zmierza w jego kierunku. Serce Dużego Wilka drży, bo cóż to za intruz, cóż za zwierz... inny wilk? Tak! A jeśli będzie większy od niego? A jeśli zwinniejszy? Okazuje się, że jest to naprawdę Mały Wilk, który bez słowa siada obok dużego, pod JEGO drzewem. Co z tego wyniknie? Zdradzę wam na ucho, że coś pięknego.
Taka prosta jest ta fabuła, taki prosty jest ten język, a tyle wzruszeń, tyle emocji, tyle zachwytu. Nie mogę oderwać oczu od tej książki, nie mogę o niej zapomnieć. Siedzi mi w głowie i już wiem, że nie zamierza z niej wyjść - NIGDY! I dobrze! Takie opowieści chcę zachować w pamięci, chcę takie opowieści poznawać i... opowiadać. CUDOWNE.
Lecz treść, to nie wszytko. Olivier Tallec oto stał się jednym z moich ukochanych ilustratorów. Przecież to są arcydzieła! To jest znakomite! Ten wybuch kolorów! Te Wilki! Że oszczędna forma? Że banał? Że wilk do wilka niepodobny? BZDURA! Dla mnie to jest wybitna kreska i niesamowite, ponadprzeciętne wyczucie koloru, barwy. Olivier odmalował nam czułość, wzruszenie, serca bicie, jego poruszenie - wszystko to jest! Wszystko to i więcej znajdziecie w tej właśnie, niepozornej książeczce... SKARB! A wiem, że jest to pierwszy tom i są już w świecie dwa kolejne. Dwie Siostry! Proszę! Wydajcie resztę! Błagam!
Bajka ta nie jest zwyczajna, bo jest o uczuciach i to wcale nie oczywistych. Jest o samotności i o przyzwyczajeniach. Jest o wielkich zmianach, które dokonują się dzięki niewielkiej istotce. Nie można nie kochać tych Wilków i nie można przejść obojętnie obok tej publikacji. Ja jestem poruszona i dla mnie jest to nota najwyższa - dla książeczki dla dzieci. Przytulam...

mistrzostwo - czuły dotyk - morze uczuć
tom 1
Duży Wilk i Mały Wilk
Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry
37 reviews
November 1, 2011
Big Wolf & Little Wolf is the story of two wolves that become friends. Big Wolf lives his quiet life under a tree. One day, Little Wolf comes along and decides to live there too. Big Wolf, little by little and without a word, takes Little Wolf into his routine and makes him a part of his life. Then one day Little Wolf is gone. Big Wolf realizes how much Little Wolf is a part of his heart and how much he misses him. Little Wolf returns and they both admit that they are lonely without the other.

This is a very strong story of friendship and needing others. Big Wolf could survive, on his own, but he realized that he would be happier with a friend. Even for older students, this gives a wonderful example of how to be a friend. There doesn’t need to be a grand announcement, just little by little becoming part of someone’s life through small gestures. This could also be used in a character study in contrast to all the “Big Bad Wolf” characterizations. The illustrations in this story are very vivid, yet simple. I think that children will enjoy them. I also liked that the artist didn’t make them look like the “Big Bad Wolf” that children are used to seeing

Batchelder Honor 2010
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