The Moonbird by Joyce Dunbar, Jane Ray


The Moonbird by Joyce Dunbar, Jane Ray

A Moonchild blows a bubble that pops on an Earth baby and surrounds him in silence. He cannot hear or speak. His parents, a King and Queen, are devastated when they realize but a Moonbird teaches the little prince how to use his hands and eyes to communicate. This is a beautifully written story about deafness, sumptuously illustrated by Jane Ray.


A remarkable story The School Librarian 20070501 When a book is simple and good by the judgement of children, it is very good indeed. Moonbird is just such an extraordinary work. Across pages which have all the splendour of a medieval tapestry, the deaf prince, like a truth telling child from a Wilde fairy tale, teaches the court new and deeper forms of communication The Irish Times A beautiful story about deafness -- Laura Lee Davies Junior 20061001 The illustrations by Jane Ray, with their extravagant characters, turreted cities, stylised gardens, decorative creatures, foliage and hairdos are all exquisitely patterned and delicately and ravishingly coloured The Sunday Times 20060820 A beautiful book to share with all children Carousel 20061101

About the Author

Joyce Dunbar is a widely respected author of more than fifty books for children. Her Mouse and Mole series has been very popularly adapted for television and her lyrical re-telling of the Nativity story, This is the Star, received widespread critical acclaim. She has also collaborated with artist Debi Gliori for several picture books for the Doubleday/Picture Corgi list, including Tell Me Something Happy. Joyce is profoundly deaf. Jane Ray was born in Chingford, North East London. After a degree course at Middlesex University in Ceramics and 3-D Design she began her career by designing greeting cards. Jane's first picture book A Balloon for Grandad was shortlisted for the prestigious Mother Goose Prize for first-time book illustrators. Jane's illustration style is instantly recognisable and she is well known internationally. The rights to her books are sold throughout the world and she has gained as much success in America as she has in the UK. Jane lives in London with her husband, a music conductor, and their three children.

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32 pages
Interest Age: from 0 to 5


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Publication date

5th July 2007



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