for Big Wolf & Little Wolf by Nadine Brun-Cosme and Olivier Tallec
Big Wolf always lived alone until the day Little Wolf climbs the hill and sits—uninvited—under Big Wolf’s tree. Like a shadow, Little Wolf emulates Big Wolf’s every move. But it is not until Little Wolf disappears that Big Wolf realizes that, “Without you . . . I was lonely.” As the book closes, Little Wolf admits his loneliness too, and we recognize our hope that the friends’ adventures will continue. Big Wolf & Little Wolf received a Batchelder Honor award for its spare, but evocative, translated text. However, it may be the expressionistic mixed-media illustrations that captivate younger audiences because illustrator Olivier Tallec captures each mood so perfectly. 2010 Batchelder Honor Book. lmp
Originally published as Grand Loup & Petit Loup in French by Père Castor Êditions Flammarion France, in 2005. Translated by Claudia Zoe Bedrick.
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.
Prix de l'album 2007 Cherbourg
Prix France Télévision 2006
Prix des Enfants 2006 du Salon Chrétien de Troyes
Prix littéraire jeunesse de 2006 Chambray-les-tours
Adopted by the French National curriculum