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Written by Michael Foreman

Illustrated by Michael Foreman

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Tufty Review

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Tufty the little duck grows up in the grounds of Buckingham Palace (his parents are very fond of the Royal Duck and Duckess (sic) who give the ducks their breakfast!). When winter comes, the duck family flies south but little Tufty gets lost as they navigate the city and is found by a homeless man who looks after him in in his den in a chestnut tree until it’s spring again. Tufty goes home but, when he falls in love, takes his new partner back to live with his old friend in the woods. Michael Foreman’s delicate pencil and watercolour illustrations make the grounds of Buckingham Palace, the glass towers of the city and the rich colours of the chestnut woods glow as brightly as Tufty’s feathers, and he fills this little story with drama and heart. ~ Andrea Reece


Tufty Synopsis

Tufty the duckling lives with his family on an island in the middle of a lake. But when the ducks fly south for the winter, Tufty gets left behind. Lost and alone, Tufty doesn't know what to do, until he finds an unlikely new friend...

Join this brave little duck as he finds a new home in an unexpected place, in a heartwarming book from acclaimed children's author and illustrator, Michael Foreman.

Tufty Press Reviews

A book to treasure Independent

A satisfying story with the feel of a classic, well told and beautifully illustrated. Kirkus

Michael Foreman... fills this little story with drama and heart. -- Andrea Reece Lovereading4Kids, March 2016 Debut of the Month

This is going to become a staple in the storytelling shelves of many libraries and schools. -- Margaret Pemberton The School Librarian

The social commentary in Foreman's works can not be underestimated, and this is another fine example. Library Mice


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ISBN: 9781783444991
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783441983
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783444991
Publication date: 2nd March 2017
Author: Michael Foreman
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Bedtime Reading
Recommendations: eBooks

About Michael Foreman

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 ...

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