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Dianne Hofmeyr, illus. Piet Grobler
Monkey makes an exciting find – a musical bow which makes magical sounds; finders keepers surely? But no, Hyena lays claim to the bow. How can the dispute be resolved?
Dianne Hofmeyr, illus. Jesse Hodgson
A little boy visits an art gallery to see the painting “Surprise” by Rousseau, and the tiger in the picture draws his attention. In his dreams the tiger comes to him and together they go on various adventures. But there is always something that scares him – what does he actually fear?
Yan Ge, ill. James Nunn, transl. Nicky Harman
Yun Yun is ten. With her older cousin she is looking forward to “growing up”. But then her cousin does grow up, leaving her behind.
Transl. Laurence Housman, ill. Edmund Dulac, intro. Marina Warner
We all know The Arabian Nights – or do we? Though today we are most likely to meet the stories in collections made for children, the originals were for an appreciative adult audience.
Lucy Christopher and Anastasia Suvorova
After the move to a new home, Ma seems completely preoccupied. She doesn’t see the Shadow; the Shadow that lures the child into the forest to become truly lost and alone.
C. K. Smouha, illus. Isabella Bunnell
Wilfred and Neville do not fit in. How can they? One is a Walrus (rather large and smelly), the other a narwhal (with a dangerous pointed horn). The arrival of Betty Beluga changes everything.
The little Fir Tree wishes to be cut down and go and see the world, but whilst the other trees are taken to be used in what is perceived as exotic and wonderful places, he is left to grow.
Everyone says there is no life on Mars but is there? Whilst the little space boy roams around Mars looking for life, life just evades him, always one step behind or not quite where he looks…
Ziggy Hanaor, illus. Alice Bowsher
The little Fly just wants to have lots of fun practising flying in her own way. But there are others who think she is doing it all wrong, and convince her to try flying their way.
This book is part of a mini series; it consists of four short stories all featuring Lolo, a spirited ordinary seven-year-old girl of colour.
Piggy lives with Thomas. They do everything together – but only what Thomas wants. Then one day Piggy gets the opportunity to do something by himself and he meets Wild Boar. Will Piggy be able to break free from the stultifying life in the Big House controlled by Thomas?
What was it like to live on the “islands on the edge of the world” – or rather on Hirta, the largest island of St Kilda? Beth Water’s has based her account of life on this the remotest island off the coast of Scotland on the memories of Norman John Gillies, the last child to be born on Hirta.
C K Smouha, illus. Stephen Smith
Does the way we look affect the way we see ourselves? The wolf of this story would certainly say yes. He was born bad, he looks bad and in turn, he is expected to act bad. But what happens if he wants to radically change?
A collection of postcard images addressing the subject of migration, featuring bird images
Matilda and her dad bring complementary personal qualities to their search for treasure in the natural world.
Dad and Billy each build their own racing kart and then build one together.
Elena Arevalo Melville
Lonely Clara has no one to play with until she finds an umbrella in the park.
This is a beautiful book for counting games. Children love to count the dots, but what happens when there are too many dots to count?
Brigita Orel and Jennie Poh
When two lonely children meet up The Pirate Tree becomes a metaphor for a ship and friendship.
Anna Castagnoli & Carll Cheut
Valentina wants a talking bird and will go to any lengths to get her wish.
Where did you go today? Was it the park to swing on the swings? Or did you fly? Perhaps you went on the slide? Or maybe, you skied down a mountainside?