Jake and the Red Bird by Ragnhild Scamell

Jake and the Red Bird

Written by Ragnhild Scamell
Illustrated by Valeria Petrone

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Jake and the Red Bird by Ragnhild Scamell

Jake loves to draw. His class has grown sunflowers and written letters to Van Gogh, and now they are off to see his famous sunflower painting in the art gallery. Miss Greensleeve hands round the felt tip pens and asks her class to draw something in the vibrant style of Van Gogh. Everyone draws a sunflower, but Jake pretends his felt tips are Van Gogh's brushes and paints a vibrant red bird with thick paint. It almost looks alive! Suddenly, the bird is flitting round the gallery and pecking at the sunflowers in the painting. Miss Greensleeve is horrified and rushes off to find the gallery staff. But when she returns, the bird is nowhere to be seen. Jake has lured it back onto his page. Or has he?

About the Author

Ragnhild Scamell published her first book, Solo, in 1992 (ABC), but she has been writing stories since she was a little girl in Denmark. Her animal books were written while she lived in a rambling farmhouse in the Kent countryside, and they are all based on real events. Her later books are inspired by the children she has met while working as a volunteer reader and visiting schools and Book Festivals. Ragnhild is the author of Fat Cats (Andersen Press, 2000/Little Foxes, Red Fox, June 2001) and numerous picture books for young readers, including Three Bags Full (illustrated by Sally Hobson, ABC 1993) which was runner-up for the Mother Goose Award. Valeria Petrone is an internationally renowned illustrator of children's books. She began her career in 1987, when she completed her degree in Illustration, and has illustrated a number of picture books and early readers, including Debbie and the Red Devil by Penelope Lively (Mammoth, 2000), Basil and the Babysitters by Joan Stimson (Little Hippo, Scholastic, 1999), The Shark Who Bit Things He Shouldn't by Denis Bond (Read with Little Hippo, 1998), a poetry collection (Give a Little Love, Mammoth) and book covers (Polly and the Wolf series, Puffin). She grew up near Lake Como, Italy, and now lives in Milan.

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Book Info


48 pages
Interest Age: from 5 to 7


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Red Fox an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

6th September 2001



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