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Big Wolf & Little Wolf

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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  821 ratings  ·  189 reviews
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
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Enchanted Lion Books (first published March 17th 2005)
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Oct 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: especially for older siblings & younger siblings too
Recommended to Lisa (not getting friends updates) by: Abigail A.
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.
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 mi
Carol Tilley
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: betterness, kids
Beautiful. Find a copy and read it if you haven't. ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Poignant Children's Stories About Friendship
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 dis ...more
Elizabeth A
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: translated, kids-ya, 2018, art
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:

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 s
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The kids in school loved it, they were so impressed. Beautiful illustration and text.
Tammy J
Sep 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
This was such a sweet story about loneliness and the need for companionship. Simply told, with appealing illustrations, this should appeal to pre-school to middle-elementary age children. Absolutely charming!
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Big Wolf makes an unexpected friend. Long story but the message is good and the illustrations are amazing.

Honestly, the illustrations could stand alone as a great wordless book.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is just an adorable story of a slowly budding friendship. I loved the illustrations by Olivier Tallec.
Carolina Ipjian
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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 pan ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The importance of friendship, of sharing and of loneliness. A beautiful read and recommended to all.
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book gave me lots of feels, with a very sweet resolution.
Izzy Street
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendship
This book explores the themes of loneliness and isolation, as the characters discover the joys friendship.
Dany Hdz
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
It made my heart melt... :)
Bethlyn Allmey
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully touching story about relationships. It was hard not to resist reading this when I bought it for someone I consider a big wolf who has looked after many little wolves, including me.
Oct 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mc-international
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.

Oct 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1-international
Big Wolf & LIttle Wolf is a colorful picture book about friendship and companionship. The main character, Big wolf lives alone under a tree at the top of a hill. When Little wolf arrives, Big Wolf is worried about his presence, concerned he will grow larger than him and threaten his home and lifestyle. With time, Big Wolf becomes more open to Little Wolf, sharing a leaf blanket and small portion of food with him. When Little Wolf disappears, Big Wolf realizes how lonely, upset, and connected he ...more
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2012
We recently read Big Wolf and Little Wolf, The Little Leaf That Wouldn't Fall. We really liked it and discovered that there are three books in this series, so we just had to borrow this book from our local library. It is the first story in the series and explains how the pair came to be together.

This is a very sweet story about a big wolf who is happy in his solitude until it is intruded upon by a little wolf. He grudgingly accepts the little wolf's presence until he is gone. And then he discov
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit

I love this book for all of the reasons that little brothers follow big brothers and friendships are started by simply sharing and opening up ones' heart. The illustrations are perfect, sweet and simple with a lovely color scheme. This book would appeal to all children from a very young age up to 2nd or 3rd grade. This book will keep the reader interested, asking questions and longing to turn the pages to find out if little wolf will return. When the book is over I can also bet that they will pa
Ashlee Christians
This book is from the Batchelder Award.

The audience is younger elementary readers, both boys and girls. I believe this book is very appealing to its audience because the pictures are brilliantly colored and the story line is intriguing. The reader learns about the importance of friendships and how they bloom.
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Audience: Primary

Appeal: The children feel emotion through the story. The big wolf befriends the little wolf and you see the feelings grown from competition to pure love.

Award: Batchelder Award
Bonnie Lambourn
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
I absolutely love all of Olivier Tallec's illustrations - not only this series, but every book I've seen of his. Now that I have seen more of his work, I may have to claim him as my favorite illustrator. Painterly, stylized characters, the colors he uses, never flat, are so alive and rich, and create feeling - set the mood rather than be only what is seen in the setting, that I often feel seduced by them.

That aside - not sure how to set that aside - this is a sweet - but never saccharine - stor
Big Wolf and Little Wolf is a story that was originally written in French. It was a Batchelder Honor Book in 2010.

This book is a beautiful story for children of all ages to teach and discuss friendship. The story is about a big wolf who lives alone under a tree. One day a little wolf comes up to his tree. Big wolf decides to be only a little nice to the little wolf, sharing a little of his blanket, a little of his food, and never saying a word to the little wolf. The next day the big wolf goes
Bailey Mruzik
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This is a book that takes place in nature and has only two characters, big wolf and little wolf. Big Wolf sits by a tree by himself and one day, a little wolf came up to the tree and sat with him. Big wolf goes out on a walk one day and as he returns he notices little wolf is not there anymore. He gets very sad at this as he had started to become attached to little wolf. Eventually, little wolf comes back and the two bond and become good friends.
A literary element used in this book is the theme
Molly P
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is all about awareness of others around you. This is a cognitive skill that is difficult for students to grasp because in their childhood, they become very self-aware and think less of those around them. This book reminds students that it is important to listen to others and pay attention to their feelings. In this story, the big wolf is rarely thinking about the little wolf until he is gone. When little wolf finally comes back, he realizes that the little wolf was taking up space in h ...more
Linda DiGaetano
A story of 2 Wolves who meet on a hill. Apprehensive at first the big Wolf is leery of the little Wolf, but comes to like the little Wolf. Although, the little Wolf leaves and the big Wolf is worried about the little Wolf. The big Wolf is sad but doesn't admit this to himself. In the spring, the little Wolf returns and the Big Wolf is so happy to see him. The two admit that they missed each other and decided to never be apart again. Life lesson to stand by your friends and to appreciate what you ...more
Tina Hoggatt
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Little Wolf, a small newcomer, intrudes on Big Wolf's routine and space some accommodations are made but when Big Wolf leaves and returns to find Little Wolf gone Big Wolf discovers that Little Wolf has taken up space in his heart and until Little Wolf returns there will be no happiness. This lovely, simply told tale of the encroachment of affection is very like what an older sibling might experience with a younger sibling. In the end, mutual love arrives. Lovely, loose illustrations set an ...more
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