Parents' Guide to

Big Wolf and Little Wolf

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Touching friendship tale for kids big and little.

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Kids of all ages will connect with this book, both for its message and its illustrations.  Who hasn't felt like Big Wolf at times? Apprehensive when a new face appears in a place that has felt so comfortably yours?  Whether the new face belongs to a new classmate or a new child in the family, it can be an unsettling experience.  Or, perhaps you have felt like Little Wolf -- new to a place and not quite sure how to fit in. This book tells it both ways, and not just in words. The beautifully simple yet expressive artwork adds another layer to the emotion of the story. Just by the way the wolves stand or sit, and the way their eyes shift, the reader can tell exactly what they are feeling. 

The artwork in this book is unique, and beautifully expressive. The painted backgrounds are colorful, almost exquisite, with yellow fields dotted here and there with red poppies, the large trunked tree against the blue sky, the night scene looking icy and cold.  And each character, done in pencil and/or paint, is simply drawn, with eyes and postures that let the reader know exactly what each is feeling. Big Wolf is done in pencil or graphite lines almost scribbled over the painted background, while Little Wolf is painted in a solid bright blue. With their pointy noses and long sweeping tails, they are wolves that don't exactly look like wolves, at least not in the scary sense. 

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