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5 picture books about the human-animal bond

While politicians will be gathering in Glasgow to discuss climate issues, let's take the time to read some kids' stories to reflect on our relationships with animals.

L'envol d'Osvaldo by Thomas Baas

Mr. Finch leads a quiet life with his best friend, a small red bird. Nothing very exciting ever happens to them, and that suits Mr. Finch just fine. Until one day when Mr. Finch’s one and only friend disappears! Worried, Mr. Finch heads off in search of the bird, right into the heart of a jungle that has recently invaded the city. Suddenly, Mr. Finch finds himself on an extraordinary journey that teaches him a lot about himself. Will this journey allow the two friends to take flight and finally find true happiness?

Louve by Clémentine Beauvais

It is very cold this winter. Lucie’s father has killed a wolf cub whose fur is to be used to make a coat for his daughter. But the mother of the wolf cub is in fact a witch-wolf; she casts a spell on Lucie: she locks the child’s soul in a dove of ice that gradually melts. When the dove has completely melted, Lucie will die. Unless the wolf is given back her cub... Romane does not want her friend to die. She goes to the forest to meet the she-wolf. She disguises herself as a wolf cub to try to make her believe that the cub has returned. But the she-wolf doesn’t let herself be deceived. Then Romane applies herself, she works her walk, tries to growl... But the wolf does not let herself be deceived again. Then, Romane applies herself even more...

Les animaux à protéger by Francesca Chiapponi, Marina Raffo and Patrick David

Simple texts and splendid pictures for little ones to discover more about endangered species.

Animal Totem by Agnès Domergue and Clémence Pollet

On earth, every soul has a Spirit Animal. What is your Spirit Animal? As such begins a quest which, over the changing seasons, leads the narrator on a long journey to meet some very different animals. In the end, will you manage to find your soulmate?

Le Talisman du Loup by Myriam Dahman, Nicolas Digard and Júlia Sardà

Wolf is a hunter, feared by every creature. But he has a secret: in the middle of the forest lives a girl whose beautiful voice has entranced him . . .The Wolf longs for friendship. But is he prepared to sacrifice his own true nature in order for his wish to come true?

A beautiful and lyrical contemporary fairy tale about difference, trust and the power of friendship to overcome any obstacle.

Check our full selection on the online library catalogue.

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