The Three Brothers

The Three Brothers

Written by: Gay, Marie-Louise
Illustrated by: Gay, Marie-Louise
ages 4 to 8 / grades K to 3

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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
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).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
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)

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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7
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).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7
Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.3
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7
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)

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - Sep 29, 2020
Specifications 40 pages | 8 in x 10.5 in

Praise for Marie-Louise Gay and The Three Brothers:

Winner, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2020

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

Commended, Bulletin Blue Ribbon, 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 gentle and beautiful book.” — Open Book

“[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 and Mustafa:

“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