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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Egmont Books (5 Mar. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405230762
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405230766
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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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.

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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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Format: Paperback
I first read this book to children as a trainee teacher and I have used it in my classroom ever since then.
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.
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By Bacchus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
I have owned two copies of this story [the first got lost unfortunately] and have always really enjoyed reading it to my children. My younger child is now requesting me read it to her every night.

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.

Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
This is a pleasant story of two young birds - a swallow and a blackbird - who find aspects of each other's lives hard to believe. There is much to be learned from this book for the young reader - the habits of two British birds; information about British and African animals, and not least how two characters with very different lives can still be friends.
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Format: Hardcover
I was suprised this was by her, down to earth, fresh and entertaining. A nature~loving globetrotters' gem.
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?
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This is a really beautiful book which teaches very young children about seasons, friendship and the circle of life. some of the reviews I have read sais that the rhyming which Julia Donaldson is famous for is missing but when I have reaad this with my 4yr old I found that you can re-connect with the rhyming if you get your child to remember the message and tell you what it should have been on each occassion. My little one loved this particapation. I was unsure before I bought this book but now I can not recommend it highly enough....everyone needs to read this book! Follow the Swallow (Blue Bananas (Egmont Press))
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Format: Paperback
Firstly this is not like other stories by Julia, but that doesn't mean it isn't good. Its a lovely story about two birds, with different lives who become friends. It doesn't rhyme but it is still a joy to read and fun too. It teaches alot too, about nature and the seasons and the migration of the swallow. My Son has enjoyed it since he was 2, he's 4 now and still asks for it, and his younger brother is now a fan too. We're big fans of Julia in our house, this isn't her usual style but we still loved it.
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Very cute story that gives children an insight into birds migrating in the autumn. Tells the story through 2 birds (a blackbird & a swallow) who share a garden in the spring/ summer. My class loved it! Bright colourful illustrations, a repeating pattern on each page. The children were amused by the effect of each animal getting the message (from the blackbird in England to the swallow in Africa) a bit wrong each time it was passed on.
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My twins love this book. story is very good and illustrations beautiful, inspires my twins to drew pictures and think about different friendships. They have most of the books from J Donaldson and all of them are treasured.
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