Big Wolf and Little Wolf
Written by: Nadine Brun-Cosme
Illustrated by: Olivier Tallec
When Big Wolf first saw Little Wolf approaching, he was worried – what if the tiny wolf will bother him? What if he will ruin his peace and quiet? But gradually, Big Wolf begins to feel compassion towards Little Wolf, and learns that friends – small though they may be – can fill your heart. This book tells the story of relationships and how friendships are formed.
"Acquire for yourself a friend" (Ethics of the Fathers, 6:1)
The Mishna tells us to acquire a friend. How does one go about acquiring friends? Certainly not with money, but rather by earning their friendship through being attentive, considerate, and generous. Friendship is formed by playing together, caring for one another, and being kind to each other, just as Big Wolf demonstrates in this book by sharing his leaf blanket and fruit. The Mishna encourages us to invest in our friendships, and make an effort to give of our possessions to others. Because true friendship is priceless.
Enjoy reading and discussing this book together!
Proposed Family Activities:
- You may want to snuggle up to each other and look at the illustrations together. What does Big Wolf do before Little Wolf comes along? Perhaps you could suggest that your child leaf through the book, and tell the story in their own words. You could also try to tell the story from Little Wolf's perspective.
- You may want to ask your child to look for the illustrations in which Big Wolf helps Little Wolf. What does he do for his friend throughout the book? You could think of your friends together, and remember the little things you do for one another.
- You may enjoy tying two inner toilet paper rolls with some string to make binoculars. You could climb up a hill, and try to locate various objects using the binoculars you made. What is the furthest thing each of you was able to spot?
- When Big Wolf first sees Little Wolf, the latter is no more than a dot on the horizon. You may want to take a blank sheet of paper, and draw together – start off by making a small dot, then ask your child to add some detail to the picture, and keep on taking turns as you go along. What has your dot turned into?
- Big Wolf misses Little Wolf, and awaits his return. You may want to remind your child of a friend with whom they have not spent time recently, and suggest inviting them over.