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Big Wolf and Little Wolf

The Little Leaf That Wouldn't Fall

by Nadine Brun-Cosme

illustrated by Olivier Tallec


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Big Wolf and Little Wolf
The Little Leaf That Wouldn't Fall

by Nadine Brun-Cosme

illustrated by Olivier Tallec

Review posted February 11, 2010.
Enchanted Lion Books, New York, 2009. 28 pages.
Starred Review

In springtime, Little Wolf notices a particularly sweet and tender green leaf high in a tree, and he asks Big Wolf to get it for him. Big Wolf tells him to wait. Eventually the leaf will fall.

In summer, the leaf is a shiny deep green, and in autumn it's a lovely soft brown. Both times, when Little Wolf asks Big Wolf to get it, Big Wolf tells him to wait.

But when winter comes, there is one leaf left on the tree -- exactly the leaf that Little Wolf wanted.

Big Wolf decides to get the leaf for Little Wolf. Is it worth the trouble?

This book is a lovely, heart-warming story of friendship and the beauty of nature. The pictures are impressionistic, with wolves quite different from other picture book wolves. I like the different perspectives the artist uses, making the quiet story all the more interesting.