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PreSchool-Grade 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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"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!"— JellyMom.com (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."- Firrkids.com

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
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592700845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592700844
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on August 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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.

Big Wolf quite contentedly lives alone under his tree at the top of a grassy hill. Each morning, he climbs the tree to perform his exercises, which is followed by freshly picked fruit for breakfast. After eating, he takes a long walk and enjoys the solitude. When darkness approaches, he snuggles up under his leaf blanket and settles in for the night. It has always been this way and Big Wolf has always felt satisfied.

Until one day, Big Wolf spots a blue wolf coming towards him in the distance, looking no bigger than a dot. He worries that this wolf will be bigger than him, but is reassured to discover this new wolf is indeed very small (and very blue). The wolves do not speak to each other, but are certainly aware of each other, sneaking sidelong glances. When night time approaches,Little Wolf remains, and Big Wolf shares a teeny tiny corner of his leaf blanket.

In the morning, Big Wolf resumes his typical morning routine, this time with Little Wolf copying his every move. He is careful to pick extra fruit to share for breakfast and finds himself enjoying the company. But when Big Wolf returns from his daily walk, there is no sign of his new friend. Immediately, Big Wolf feels uneasy and searches everywhere. When he can't find Little Wolf, he feels very sad. How is it possible that small a small wolf has taken up so much room in his heart?

When Little Wolf does return, Big Wolf's heart nearly leaps from his body with happiness.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan A. Yamamura on January 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
We got this for my four year old son for Christmas, and he absolutely loves story. It is a sweet tale in which a lone big wolf has a new little wolf come into his life. At first, the big wolf is wary of the little wolf but grows to love him by the end of the story. My son identifies with the little wolf and to this day likes to call himself Little Wolf. The drawings are also beautiful and fit naturally with the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Barker on July 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
WONDERFUL story, awesome illustrations. Just an enjoyable, colorful book you can immerse yourself in. All about sharing and friendship and nowhere near overdoing it it with heavy-handedness like many books today. 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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on May 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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If I could give this delightful book more than 5 stars, I would! This is a book of friendship; it's beauty is in it's simplicity. The book opens with a lone wolf (Big Wolf) living under a tree at the top of a hill. Then enters a new character, Little Wolf. New to both the reader and to Big Wolf. Big Wolf is curious about his new little intruder. They didn't speak a word to each other, but they watched each other. "Their looks were curious- not mean or suspicious at all." This sentence reveals the gentleness in Big Wolf's heart. Big Wolf goes about his daily and nightly routine as usual with Little Wolf joining in. Just when Big Wolf is getting used to his little friend, Little Wolf disappears. "Big Wolf felt uneasy for the first time in his life." "There was no one under his tree." "It was like before. Except that now Big Wolf was sad." As a reader, you can feel the pain and sadness of Big Wolf. Big Wolf is so distraught, he doesn't eat, sleep, or exercise. Big Wolf waits for his little friend. He waits and thinks about how he could be a better friend if Little Wolf returns. Will his friend return? "For the first time in his life Big Wolf's heart beat with joy." The readers heart beats with joy in perfect rhythm with Big Wolf's. The book ends with the beginning of a beautiful friendship! This is on my favorite book list- a must for any child's library. I can't wait to read more from Nadine Brun-Cosme. The illustrations are beautiful and full of emotion. Nadine Brun-Cosme and illustrator Olivier Tallec make a perfect pair just like Big Wolf and Little Wolf.
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Format: Hardcover
Big Wolf & Little Wolf is a simple children's picturebook about the joy and wonder of friendship. Big Wolf has been living all alone by a tree atop a hill for the longest time; one day, a little wolf suddenly appears. Little Wolf is content to simply stay near Big Wolf, and Big Wolf gradually becomes willing to let little wolf share his blanket, or exercise in the tree with him. Big Wolf becomes more accustomed to his new companion for quite a while; then suddenly, Little Wolf is nowhere to be found, and Big Wolf realizes how lonely he is by himself. When Little Wolf returns, Big Wolf knows the value of friendship and how it should be prized. Olivier Tallec's iconic, boldly colorful illustrations in the style of a child's crayon strokes bring this charming story to vivid life.
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