The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon

The Journey Home

Written by Frann Preston-Gannon

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Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 - Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013

A thought-provoking story with a powerful message about conservation from an award-winning, rising illustrator and literary star. It is the first book by the first-ever UK recipient of the amazing 'Sendak Fellowship' and created with input from the great Maurice Sendak himself.It's the story of a polar bear who heads off in a boat looking for somewhere new to live and on the way he picks up other endangered friends including an orangutan, an elephant and a panda to name just three. It's a beautiful book, full of things for parents to talk about with their children as they read it.


The Journey Home by Frann Preston-Gannon

A lone polar bear decides that he can't stay in the arctic as the ice is melting around him and he is hungry. He builds a boat and sails across the oceans picking up other endangered creatures along his way; an orangutan who is surrounded by tree stumps; an elephant who is trying to out-run a poacher and a panda without a home. Finally, the boat full of creatures reaches an island that can only be described as paradise. A dodo greets them and explains that they can go home when more trees are planted, when the ice stops melting and when the poachers stop hunting for tusks. The hopeful animals huddle together watching the sun set over the ocean wondering what tomorrow will bring.

About the Author

Frann Preston-Gannon

Frann is a London based illustrator and designer who graduated from Kingston University in July 2010.

She has worked for clients such as Vintage books, Sunday Publishing and Burt's Bees. She is also the 2011 winner of the Maurice Sendak fellowship and the first UK illustrator to be honoured with the scholarship.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Pavilion Children's Books an imprint of Anova Books

Publication date

4th October 2012




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