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"A charmer of a story . . . an enchanting picture book, this is genuinely gripping because of the well-crafted story and warm pictures. "The Independent"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Julia Donaldson is probably the UK's most popular contemporary picture book author, best-known for The Gruffalo. She has published one other picture book (Night Monkey, Day Monkey) with Egmont, and also a novel that has been optioned for film. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland. Pam Smy is relatively new to picture books. She is soon to be published by Frances Lincoln and Walker Books. She lives near Brighton. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a lovely story about two little birds Appollo the swallow and Chack the blackbird who grow up in the same garden one summer and become firm friends.
They are very different though and neither can quite believe the other about the things they have seen and done.
The real adventure starts when Appollo leaves the garden to fly to Africa for the Winter just before Chack gets the chance to show him the berries in the garden.
Chack sets off to try and give his message to Appollo helped by a host of friendly animals but will the message get to Appollo in time and will he know what Chack means?
Children love this story and it is a great way to illustrate the migration of birds in autumn and summer and also to expalin to children how a message can change when it is passed from person to person.
The characters are cheerful and very funny and although the book doesn't rhyme like other Julia Donaldson favourites it is still charming and very memorable.
I like this book for a number of reasons. First, it works nicely as a nature book highlighting the changes of the seasons as they affect migratory birds like swallows and resident birds like blackbirds. It shows the changes in trees and their berries and show what food the different birds like. It also shows how the birds themselves change from brown fledglings to black adults with mates and eggs of their own.
Second, it works on a human level. I appreciated this especially from Pam Smy's illustrations which show Chack the Blackbird and Apollo the Swallow as close affectionate friends who come from different cultures. I think the book can help children appreciate that their friends may not have the same background, life experiences and expectations.
Of course having read the book many times, I know how it ends but must say that the first time, I really felt sad when Chack found that Apollo had gone to Africa without having had the chance to tell him about the berries.
A playfull story of two very different species of bird, of friendship and chinese whispers, the only hint to Julia Donaldson's love of rhyme. The art work too, is fresh, light and beautifull. My favourite Julia Donaldson, and my daughters,2 and 3 love it! Playfully soften the characters' tone of disbelief and alternate the voices: the story works beautifully: Well I never: a bird can fly South for the winter?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another lovely, calming bed-time book for younger children from Julia Donaldson. Gentle story, with beautiful drawings. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jono
Nice story about friendship, though my youngest asks me why, being good friends, the main characters don't believe each other at first. Read morePublished 15 months ago by S. Suárez
I bought this for my granddaughters and they loved it - as they love all Julia Donadson's books.Published 18 months ago by dorothyjean