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  • November 26, 2017

The Explorer

Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret. 

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  • November 26, 2017

Malala's Magic Pencil

As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realised that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.  

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  • November 26, 2017

The Frightened Little Flower Bud

The little flower bud is afraid of the things she hears on the wind. So strong is her fear that she hides behind her leaves and petals imagining all the fearful things that prevent her from reading her full potential.

My Thoughts

This charming book is “for ages 4-99+” and let me tell you, we could all learn from The Frightened Little Flower Bud when we’ve got a dose of the collywobbles!

My first thought on flicking through the pages was that the author, illustrator and publisher have collaborated to give us an, optimistic, and generous feeling book. The pictures are expansive, the paper smooth and tactile, the format large and the illustrations extensive and heartfelt. Somehow, The Frightened Little Flower Bud is a soothing, calming book to handle. A good start.

The story is delightful. I simply loved it. It is well written with lots of repetition and useful words for early readers. Reading this is a gentle, positive experience and the use of nature - the flower bud, the petals, the bees, the wind - makes the message that we will all be alright in the end feel apt and reassuring.

I read this to a handful of 3 -5 year olds and they loved it, going off to draw their own little flower buds expressing a variety of feelings they feel through the day. One of the children has been having trouble settling at her new school and she was wide eyed and rapt as I read the story. No storyteller or illustrator could ask for more.

Thank you Renee for sending my your lovely book. It was an absolute delight to read.


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A Pinch of Magic

Three sisters trapped by an ancient curse. Three magical objects with the power to change their fate.Will they be enough to break the curse? Or will they lead the sisters even deeper into danger? ... 


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