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The Three Brothers

by Marie-Louise Gay

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imagination & play, environment
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From world-renowned author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, a story about three brothers who set off in search of wild animals in a changing climate.

This gentle adventure story about the effects of climate change ends on a hopeful note.

Finn and his younger brothers, Leo and Ooley, love reading stories about animals living in forests, on mountains or in the arctic.

“When I grow up,” says Finn, “I want to be an explorer and travel around the world. I want to see wild animals and strange birds.”“Why wait?” asks Leo.

And so, the next morning, they wake up early and set out on a snowy expedition to search for wild animals. In their grandfather’s time, the forest was full of animals — but today the forest is quiet. Where have the animals gone?

Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)

About the Author

Marie-Louise Gay

MARIE-LOUISE GAY has won awards, including the Governor General\s Award for her children\'s book illustrations.'
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Contributor Notes

Marie-Louise Gay is an internationally acclaimed author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won two Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Mustafa and Fern and Horn. She lives in Montreal. marielouisegay.com

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
4 to 8
k to 3
Reading age:
4 to 8
Editorial Review

Praise for Marie-Louise Gay and The Three Brothers:

Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize Children’s and Young Adult Literature, 2020

“Each page spread is delightfully illustrated with Gay's signature mixed-media compositions of soft hues and bright details that draw the eye to moments in the brothers’ trek through the serene setting in search of wild animals.” — School Library Journal

“Gentle, humorous, and fun.” — Kirkus Reviews

“There are no direct answers here about what the next steps in mitigating climate change can be, but the story offers a timely, gentle introduction to an increasingly complex and, for this generation, very concrete challenge.” — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“[A] simple, optimistic story that is beautifully illustrated. … Readers young and old will love the hope-filled, wordless final double-page spread.” — CM Review of Materials

“Her media and artistry conjure the inquisitiveness of children, light and detailed, colourful and full.” — CanLit for Little Canadians

“[A] tender tale of childhood, brotherhood, and the brutal effects of climate change. … This book is an age-appropriate entry into a conversation that the whole world should be having.” — Quebec Writers’ Federation Jury

“[The Three Brothers] is filled with beautiful watercolour illustrations with bright colours and fun details that kids will love returning to again and again.” — Child’s Life

“No doubt about it, it's a ‘keeper’.” — Sal’s Fiction Addiction Blog

Praise for Marie-Louise Gay and Fern and Horn:

“A dazzling romp celebrating childhood and imagination.” — Booklist, starred review

“Gay’s take-you-by-surprise, childlike mixed-media illustrations wittily shine a spotlight on children’s creativity and ingenuity, affirming that sharing can solve a multitude of conflicts … sometimes… . A real winner that’s as delightful as it is constructive.” — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Marie-Louise Gay andMustafa:

“A touching story about adjustment, recovery, love, and friendship, told of a boy whose family moves to a new country due to war… . An invaluable resource for those working with children from resettled refugee families as well as host communities.” — Kirkus, starred review

“The story of a young boy moving to an unfamiliar place and finding his way, even when another language is spoken, is one that all children should hear … One for the must-be-purchased list.” — School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for Marie-Louise Gay and Short Stories for Little Monsters:

“Original, inventive, pore-overable, and child-pleasing …” — Horn Book, starred review

“This volume is worth reading multiple times to enjoy the humor and to revisit the witty illustrations and snappy dialogue.” — School Library Journal, starred review

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