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Michael Foreman’s gentle story of an African boy making friends in a big city is filled with love and hope, and a sense that the power to make the world a better place is in our hands. Adam loves his new home but misses the faraway place where he used to live, so draws bright pictures of African animals and pins them to the wall. When it snows, he builds snow hippos, lions and an elephant, other children coming to help, and then when he starts school he and his new friends transform the landscape again, this time by planting flowers. A final beautiful image shows every balcony, pavement and roof in the grey city bristling with plants and greenery. The words are almost superfluous, Foreman’s watercolour images tell the story so beautifully. ~ Andrea Reece
In this moving story, Adam feels alone in his strange, new city. He misses the colours and friendships of his faraway home. But when a teacher at school gives him a few seeds, she plants an idea in him - an idea that could transform his grey world for ever.
A powerful fable about friendship Bookseller
Beautifully illustrated and sensitively written, this is a story full of warmth, inspiration and hope. -- Lancashire Evening Post
Just perfect - what more needs to be said. -- Red Reading Hub
A sensitive book with true understanding of what it must be like to find oneself in a strange place. -- Books for Keeps
This is a very worthy picture book from Michael Foreman with a lovely message about the transformative power of friendship. The School Librarian
A simple idea and message, perfectly told, which should leave everyone with a smile and an enthusiasm for growing things, wherever they live! Carousel
|Publication date:||1st September 2016|
|Publisher:||Walker Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers, 5+ readers|
Michael Foreman was our Guest Editor in March 2010 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing. Michael Foreman was born in Suffolk in 1938, and studied at Lowestoft School of Art, St Martin’s, London, and the Royal College of Art, where he won a scholarship to the USA in 1963. He has worked as an Art Director at Playboy and King magazines and still works as Art Editor of the literary journal Ambit. He has also made animated films in Scandinavia and for the BBC. His first book, The General, (a picture book published in 1961), dealt ...More About Michael Foreman