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Big Wolf and Little Wolf, Such a Beautiful Orange! (Big Wolf & Little Wolf) Hardcover – March 22, 2011


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  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: Big Wolf & Little Wolf
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (March 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159270106X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592701063
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,702,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"First published in France, this third Big Wolf and Little Wolf story has Little Wolf searching for an errant orange that flies over his head when Big Wolf tosses it his way. When Little Wolf doesn't return, Big Wolf leaves their hill to find him. Big Wolf's loneliness is palpable in scenes of empty sidewalks shadowed by blank buildings and on a train filled with the smudgy shapes of anonymous passengers. Readers will share his relief when he is reunited with Little Wolf under a different tree on a different hill. The emphasis on the idea that change (be it newfound maturity or change of scenery) can strengthen loving bonds makes this a poignant conclusion to a stirringly original series. Ages 4–8." - Publishers Weekly

"Even younger readers will be caught up in Big Wolf's odyssey and rejoice when he at last tracks down his errant buddy." - Kirkus

"Children and adults will love "Big Wolf & Little Wolf, Such a Beautiful Orange!" Its authenticity encourages the spirit to stretch and grow, once again." - The Midwest Book Review

"Tallec's beautifully composed spreads, rich with blues, greens and yellows, are a marvel of soft, richly applied hues and dark swaths of color for contrast, and the two characters, formed with a lithe roundness and sense of vitality, will engage readers. This happily ever after tale offers numerous possibilities for discussion about give-and-take of friendship as well as the artistry of illustration." - Barbara Elleman, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

"These funny, quirky, and quietly reflective picture books are about love - who we love, and why we love, and the lengths we will go for love." - Donna McKinnon, 32pages.ca

About the Author

Nadine Brun-Cosme is the author of over twenty popular novels and picture books for children. She lives in France. Her two Big Wolf and Little Wolf titles have sold over 60,000 worldwide.

Olivier Tallec was born in Brittany in 1970. After graduating from the Ecole Superieure d'Art Graphic in Paris he worked in advertising as a graphic designer, after which he devoted himself to illustration. Since then he has illustrated more than 60 books. He was first published in the US by Enchanted Lion Books (This Is A Poem That Heals Fish). He also has been published by Chronicle Books in the US (Rita and Whatsit).

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My son loves these Big Wolf books - and they have lovely sentiments too. Such a sweet, reflective story line of love.
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By Sandy Quinn on April 22, 2012
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"Big Wolf & Little Wolf: Such a Beautiful Orange!" was a bit dark for our taste. My daughter is early-elementary aged. Many pages in the middle of the story depict Big Wolf wandering - lonely and afraid - around a city, looking for Little Wolf, who has abandoned Big Wolf for the seaside. "(Big Wolf) didn't dare to think anything. Certainly not that Little Wolf wanted to leave him, or that he would never return... Big Wolf called out again for Little Wolf. Nothing. Just the orange and some tracks on the ground showing that Little Wolf had been there." Next, Big Wolf runs into the middle of a busy street as the text reads, "he hurled himself into the teeming jungle." There were too many examples of unhealthy behavior throughout this book. I found myself emphasizing to my daughter: You NEVER run into the street full of traffic like that. If you ever feel lost in a strange place, Sweetheart, find a policeman or a woman who looks safe, and ask for help.

While the wolves reunite in the end, there is no explanation regarding Little Wolf's disappearance. No apology. No conflict resolution. While the artwork was interesting, the storyline had too few redeeming qualities. I would pass on this book.
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The two wolves awake one morning, both spying a beautiful orange hanging above their heads. It looks so sweet and so bright, that piece of fruit is all they can think about. Big Wolf climbs up and picks it, discovering it to be even brighter and more round in his paw than he had imagined it would be. Although Big Wolf very desperately wants that sweet orange for himself, he casually tosses it to his small blue friend. The orange globe sails over his head and rolls down the hill. One glimpse of Big Wolf's dejected face is all Little Wolf needs, to know he must retrieve the orange.

Big Wolf waits for a very long time, but there is no sight of his friend. Alarmed, knowing it will be getting dark soon, he ventures after Little Wolf, right into the city. Big Wolf soon finds the sweet orange lying on the street, but there is no blue wolf in sight, and he is terribly worried. When night sets, Big Wolf does not know what to do. He wants nothing more than to be under their tree, safe and sound. Instead, he is alone in a strange place: no grass, no trees, only silence. Not knowing what else to do, he lets out a long howl. And in that instant, he knows Little Wolf is near.

Big Wolf makes it through the night, and things look more promising in the morning. Eventually, he finds a hill very much like his hill, with a tree that looks similar to his old tree. And under that tree .... a tiny blue wolf! Upon closer inspection, this new area is nicer than the old, with a sandy beach and a very large body of water. Best of all, the smile on Little Wolf's face seems a bit brighter. Big Wolf forgets how scared and cross he was, and tosses the sweet orange to his friend, without a word. The two friends live happily ever after, on this new patch of land, under their new tree.
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This one is a little more obscure than I would have liked. At the heart of the story is friendship, but the friends get separated and Big Wolf loses Little Wolf. What kids get out of the story is a lesson on darting off when out in public and how easily one can become lost. It was humorous how Big Wolf grumbled about Little Wolf and all he had to go through to find him. It was also a little scary for Big Wolf, too, being lost in the big city. At last Big Wolf finds his friend and all is well again, different, but filled with great relief and joy. Big Wolf learns how much he appreciates his buddy.

Compared to the first two books, Big Wolf and Little Wolf and Big Wolf and Little Wolf, The Leaf That Wouldn't Fall, the story isn't quite as clear, but fans will want this one anyway to complete their collection and the saga of this duo's enduring friendship. I'm going to miss the Big Wolf and Little Wolf stories. They are well worth owning. - Biblio Reads Children's Book Review
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