Thursday, November 23, 2017

"Wolfy" - a bookwrap


Created by GrΓ©goire Solotareff
Translated by Daniel Hahn

Ages 5-6
Origin:  France
Gecko Press

Unwrapping the backstory

* It has been 30 years since Lou Lou was published in France.  Now it is available in English for all to enjoy.

* An enduring bestseller that has sold over a million copies in its original edition 

* A beautiful story of friendship, fun and humour

*Illustrations are Indian ink and watercolour, amazing. 

Unwrapping some illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

From the Publisher:  Julia Marshall
"This is a warm wonderful book about friendship and difference." 

"There once was a rabbit who had never seen a wolf...
and a young wolf who had never seen a rabbit."  And so the tale begins.

The two meet under the most dire circumstances because Wolfy's uncle has a fatal accident. Being all alone and scared he seeks out Tom, the rabbit, who readily agrees to help Wolfy out in his time of need.  

A friendship blossoms and despite their differences they become fast friends. Tom teaches Wolfy to play marbles, read, count and fish for his food.  Wolfy teaches Tom to run really, really fast enabling him to run much faster than the other rabbits.  Wolfy teaches his friend about being afraid.  They take turns playing Who's-afraid-of-the-big-bad-wolf? and then Who's-afraid-of-the-rabbit? 

One day Wolfy frightens Tom so badly while playing the game that the scared little rabbit rushes to his burrow and vows to never come out again.  Oh my!  Tom tries so hard to apologize and to coax his best friend to come play with him once more, but alas, poor Tom just lays on his bed crying and crying his heart out.  Wolfy is totally devastated.  What in the world has he done to his very best friend?  

What will it take to get the two best friends back together once again.  Is it even possible to do so or is their special friendship over?  A miracle does happen but you will have to get a copy of this fabulous book and find out how things get resolved.  

I love the vibrantly coloured and expressive illustrations and best of all the feelings of love, compassion and empathy that flow throughout the story.  I highly, highly recommend this book and understand completely why so many people want it included in their family (and school) collection.  

Storywraps Rating ... 5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

About the author/illustrator

GrΓ©goire Solotareff is a very popular picture book maker in France. Loulou was quite an early title of his and still a great favourite, spawning sequels and an animated film. The original French version is one of the books I always display on CLPE’s French picture books course Lire, Dire et Rire (taking place again in February 2018) along with other books featuring Solotareff’s distinctive illustration style using bright blocks of colour. It would be wonderful to see Loulou and this translation side by side in primary school classrooms where French is being taught.

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