Pyrénée by Régis Loisel and Philippe Sternis

by KK

Régis Loisel and Philippe Sternis - Pyrénée (1998) (1)

Régis Loisel and Philippe Sternis – Pyrénée (1998) (1)

The theme of the wild child, a pure innocent who lives among the animals, is usually the preserve of boys like Mowgli and Tarzan.  But there is one prime example that makes use of a little girl, and that is Pyrénée. Rescued by a bear from the ruins of her home, she lives free from human society but must learn how to rejoin it. The book takes a comfortable, quiet approach to Pyrénée’s relaxed relationship with the bear, a fox, and a blind eagle as they lead her to understanding who she is.

Régis Loisel and Philippe Sternis - Pyrénée (1998) (2)

Régis Loisel and Philippe Sternis – Pyrénée (1998) (2)

Pyrénée slowly absorbs life’s lessons from the animals and learns what she can of humanity from random found artifacts. She becomes attached to bottles, which she assumes are curious rocks. Other items, like this coat supplied by the eagle, are more confusing and discarded when Pyrénée finds no further use for them.

Régis Loisel and Philippe Sternis - Pyrénée (1998) (3)

Régis Loisel and Philippe Sternis – Pyrénée (1998) (3)

Pyrénée was written by Régis Loisel and illustrated by Philippe Sternis.  A botchy English translation can be found here.