Tuesday, December 8, 2009

All Things Kid Lit: Big Wolf and Little Wolf

Picture Book Pick of the Week:

Big Wolf & Little Wolf: The Little Leaf That Wouldn’t Fall
written by Nadine Brun-Cosme
illustrated by Olivier Tallec
Enchanted Lion, 2009
32 pages

High up in a tree is a little leaf that Little Wolf admires because it’s so tender, shiny, and soft. He asks Big Wolf to go get it. “Wait,” says Big Wolf. “Eventually it will fall.” But it doesn’t. Big Wolf finally agrees to get the leaf, but as branches crack under his feet, Little Wolf wonders whether the little leaf is worth the trouble.

From School Library Journal:

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.

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Book ideas for kids this holiday season
Summit Daily News (CO) 
December 4, 2009

Walking into a bookstore children's department, especially at the holidays, can be overwhelming. Here are some suggested strategies and titles that might help you find those special books for those very special children.

Plumas County News (CA)
December 03, 2009

After reading Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk, reading specialist Annie Harris "discovered" that there was a mouse named Squeak in the Pioneer Elementary library. Harris put out a box in which students could place letters written to Squeak. Since he is a library mouse, he enjoys writing back to the children.


Ryan said...

Sounds like some wonderful books that I can share with me son, Thank you.

Kirthi said...

The simplicity of picture books makes me wonder why I love chapter books. I miss picture books, I should read this :)
Thanks, Big Wolf and Little Wolf sounds lovely!

Marie Cloutier said...

Library Mouse looks so cute. Picture books are really great. when I was a children's librarian, for all of a year, they were my favorite thing to buy and read.

Veens said...

wow!! some real cute books!

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