Henry Pond the Poet by Dick King-Smith

Henry Pond the Poet

Written by Dick King-Smith
Illustrated by Victor Ambrus

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Interest Age 5-8 Dick King-Smith had a wonderful gift for creating seemingly simple children’s stories filled with humour and drama. Henry Pond is renowned by the other toads for his poetry, but it’s not enough to win the heart of the gorgeous Victoria Garden-Pool. She prefers toads of action, like the muscly Larry Lake. How will Henry cope when he’s forced into toad to toad combat? The story, and Henry’s poetry, will have children giggling, while the descriptions of toad life are full of real natural history. Illustrations by Victor Ambrus put the finishing touches to a little gem.

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.


Henry Pond the Poet by Dick King-Smith

Henry Pond is a toad who is also a poet. His gift is an uncommon one, his poems sweep the prize table at the Eistoadfod and he has many adoring fans. Sadly, that's not enough to win the heart of Victoria Garden-Pool, whose affections lie with Larry Lake. And so Henry Pond must be more than a poet - he must become a toad of action too. Will his derring-do and rhyming prowess be enough to persuade Victoria to be his love? A wonderful froggy adventure from award-winning Dick King-Smith combines with stunning artwork from Victor Ambrus to make for an utterly charming Little Gem.

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Author

Dick King-Smith

Dick King-Smith was born in 1922 and brought up in Gloucestershire.

Dick served with the Grenadier Guards during World War II and was mentioned in dispatches. He then spent twenty years working as a farmer and a short period teaching in a primary school before becoming a full-time writer.

Dick wrote over seventy stories, many of which have animal characters for the simple reason that, "I like them, I've always kept a lot of pets, and because it's fun putting words in their mouths." His farming years were the inspiration for many of his books, and pigs have featured in several of them because they are his favourite animal. Dick won the 1984 Guardian Fiction Award for The Sheep-Pig, which was later turned into an Oscar-winning film, 'Babe'. He died in 2011.

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96 pages


Dick King-Smith
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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th March 2017




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