Just Like Brothers by Elizabeth Baguley and Aurélie Blanz
Reviewed by Laura Lovelock
This book tells the tale of the meeting of a boy and a wolf cub in the woods.
The story begins before the two meet, with each mother warning their child of the dangers of encountering the other. When the boy and the cub cross paths, their heads are full of their mothers’ warnings, so they are surprised at what they find.
The story itself is a sweet tale of an unlikely friendship which gently speaks of wider themes of tolerance and respect for others. The poetic writing style is only enhanced by the beautiful, energetic illustrations which they are accompanied by.
Just Like Brothers would be well suited as a class read in Key Stage 1. It would work simply as an afternoon read, but it also has the potential to act as a springboard for further learning.
The playful poetic language of the story provides an opportunity for word finding activities and producing word banks to use in creative writing. There is also potential for this book to be used as a starting point for exploring and writing non fiction texts about wolves.
Outdoor learning could be integrated if this project was widened to include research into woodland habitats.
Just Like Brothers was published 01/02/2018 by Barefoot Books
Laura Lovelock is an English Literature graduate (BA, MA) and a Primary SCITT trainee in a Year 5 class in North Essex.