Hue Boy by Rita Phillips Mitchell

Hue Boy

Written by Rita Phillips Mitchell
Illustrated by Caroline Binch

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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

A very big welcome to this beautiful new edition of an award-winning title which tells exactly what very special ingredient is needed to make Hue Boy grow. Smaller than all his friends, Hue Boy just doesn’t seem to grow despite everything that his mother does to help him. She feeds him well, encourages him to exercise, and even takes him to both the doctor and the Wise Man of the village to see if either can be of help. But then Hue’s dad comes home. Is that what is needed to make Hue grow?


Hue Boy by Rita Phillips Mitchell

Hue Boy is small - smaller than all his friends, and he doesn't seem to grow at all, no matter what his mother gives him to eat, or how much he runs and jumps and plays. His mother takes him first to the doctor, and then to the Wise Man of the village. But nothing seems to help Hue Boy to grow. Then Hue Boy's father comes home from working overseas, and at last Hue starts to grow. With his dad back, he feels comfortable with himself, and his size doesn't worry him any more.


'A very big welcome to this beautiful new edition of an award-winning title.'

'A poignant book about childhood anxieties, with lots of flavours of the Caribbean.'

About the Author

RITA PHILLIPS MITCHELL was born in Belize but has lived in the UK since the 1960s. She is a retired primary head-teacher, who has also taught EFL. Her other picture books include One for You, One for Me and The Gotcha Smile.

She lives in Essex.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

1st November 2012




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