“A clever premise, idealistic view, and poignant discussion starter worth reading once.”
An exercise in perspective, On My Mountain presents two stories—that of the wolf and that of the shepherd—using the exact same words but different illustrations to demonstrate each mountain-dweller’s point of view. Both live on the mountain, cherish it as their home, and see the beauty and the danger (each other) that exist there. Both also concur that “it is big enough to fit everyone who loves it.” The illustrations teeter on juvenile but still feel fitting in the rugged setting of the mountain and its rough but delicate balance. They are the primary storytellers, portraying the wolf hunting for rabbits, growling at bees and caring for cubs, while the shepherd tends the sheep, does chores and plays with his family. While the wolf is definitely scarier than the shepherd, biasing things in an expected way, On My Mountain provides a welcome opportunity to take a moment and think about things from another’s viewpoint. This book’s true genius lies in the potential it offers as a catalyst for impactful, follow-up discussions with young readers.
Both the perspective of the wolf and the shepherd are seen in this flippable picture book.
Both the shepherd and the wolf live on the mountain. They love their home and want to feel safe there. This book tells the same story, in identical words, from both the wolf’s perspective and that of the shepherd. Read the wolf’s story then flip it over and read the shepherd’s story and see the landscape that each of them sees. A good reminder of how humans should behave in the wild and on this earth that we share.
François Aubineau applies his unique combination of talents and experiences from being a mountain trekker, photographer, model, sales rep and shepherd in the French Alps, and from his current role as a mountain guide, to everything he does. He loves nature, music and spending time with his three daughters. On My Mountain is his first book. François lives in Luynes, France
A graduate of the HEAR art school in Strasbourg, France, Jérôme Peyrat uses a combination of techniques to create original and hybrid illustrations. He is the illustrator of numerous books, including Barry and Melvin, Carnivore, Cargo and Bertie & Twig. Jérôme lives in Cernay, France