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PublisherWalker Books Ltd
Publication date2nd August 2012
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George Flies South
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
A story of a tiny bird and a lot of courage! The birds are flying south and George needs to learn to fly…But George is too frightened to take off on his own. When a gust of wind sweeps him and his nest up, up and away George shows just how brave he can be. His mum is never far away and soon he is flying too! Simon James’s simple story is a wonderfully humorous and gentle story of how children grow when given confidence by their parents. Sure to be comforting to small children starting to test their own independence as it is an inspirational story of a little bird who loses his nest, but finds his wings..
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SynopsisGeorge Flies South by Simon James
Winter is on the way and it's time to fly south. The bird-learns-to-fly story as madcap adventure, complete with speeding cars, boats, a crane...even a scary cat! Despite his delay in learning to fly, George is a plucky, spirited little character. He'll get past that milestone when he's ready...
About The Author
Simon James grew up in Bristol and Exeter. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth School, Crediton. From an early age, he spent much of his time drawing and stapling stories into little books. His father had lots of books on cartoonists, many of whom Simon tried to copy. His favourites were Ronald Searle and Gerard Hoffnung. He spent the rest of his time climbing trees, saving worms from puddles and worrying about the strange shapes in the curtains at night. As an adult After leaving school, Simon had many different jobs, whilst hoping to be a cartoonist. Some time later he went to college to study graphic design and art history. "Whilst working with words and images together, I developed a greater understanding of the techniques used in creating picture books." he says. After college, Simon went back to spending much of his time drawing and stapling stories into little books - and still does to this day. Things you didn't know about Simon James As a child Simon wanted to be a stuntman or a cartoonist. He can run very fast. He loves water-pistol fights. He saves worms from the pavement and puts them onto the grass. He doesn't like coffee or tea, but drinks lots of water After leaving school, he trained to be a police officer but was asked to leave for drawing penguins in his police notebook. His ideal day out is walking with The Adventurers (four children he knows and who feature in his book Days Like This) wading through streams - with rucksacks full of chocolate. He loves music, especially Van Morrison. He can't sing and has a unique way of dancing His favourite sound is birdsong, especially the songs of blackbirds, skylarks and chaffinches.
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