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Groundwood Books

The Three Brothers

Written by Marie-Louise Gay

For kids 4 - 8 years old | Published September 29, 2020 | ISBN 9781773065182
JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment

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Regular price $14.95 CAD

40 pages
Digital Format

Also Available in Print

About this book

The Three Brothers

Marie-Louise Gay

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 is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many prestigious awards, including two Governor General’s awards and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Her books have been translated into more than fifteen languages and are loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal. Visit Marie-Louise Gay's website: Visit Marie-Louise Gay's blog:

Awards and Praise

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.

  • Winner Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, 2020
  • Commended Bulletin Blue Ribbon, 2020
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