The Stone Bird by Jenny McCartney
  

The Stone Bird

Written by Jenny McCartney
Illustrated by Patrick Benson

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November 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2017

Beautifully illustrated, this is a lyrical picture book celebrating the power of the imagination. When Eliza finds a stone the exact shape of an egg on the beach she takes it home and cherishes it. She dismisses her mother’s view that it is far too heavy to be an egg and cares for it just as if it is one. As the seasons turn, the egg changes. It becomes increasingly bird like and a little egg turns up beside it. Eliza’s care for her stones and her imagination about their potential makes them come alive for her and for readers who, like her, enjoy breathing life into inanimate objects. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for November 2017

Christmas Dinner of Souls by Ross Montgomery

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers

Katinka's Tail by Judith Kerr

Lucky Button by Michael Morpurgo

Pick A Pine Tree by Patricia Toht

The Stone Bird by Jenny McCartney

The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales by Jane Ray

The Song from Somewhere Else by A. F. Harrold

Synopsis

The Stone Bird by Jenny McCartney

It might look like a pebble from the beach, but Eliza knows this is an egg. And one night when she hears cracking, she discovers the Stone Bird. It might still look like a stone to her mum, but Eliza knows it's alive. Step into the magical world of one child's imagination in this stunning debut by exciting new author Jenny McCartney, illustrated by luminary of children's books Patrick Benson.

Reviews

Let your imagination soar with this charming debut book - delightfully illustrated by Patrick Benson * Mail on Sunday, Best Books of 2017 * Grave and reflective, it is engagingly illustrated by Patrick Benson * Spectator * Beautifully illustrated, this is a lyrical picture book celebrating the power of the imagination. -- Julia Eccleshare * Lovereading4Kids, Book of the Month November 2017 * Illustrations... evoke summery seashore scenes and frosty winter evenings as the child's playtime reveries become, for her, real * Kirkus * A wonderful and evocative glimpse into a child's imagination * Early Years Educator *

About the Author

Jenny McCartney (Author) Jenny is a successful journalist whose work often features in national newspapers. The Stone Bird is her debut picture book.Patrick Benson (Illustrator) Patrick was born in 1956 and educated at Eton, in Florence and at Chelsea Art School. He worked in fashion before a chance meeting with the sister of Sebastian Walker (founder of Walker Books) introduced him to the world of children's publishing. Patrick has illustrated some of the greatest authors of children's books including Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo, Mal Peet and Martin Waddell. He also illustrated Fly Fishing by J. R. Hartley, from the well-known television commercial. Patrick lives and works on his farm in Scotland.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: From 4 to 6 years

Author

Jenny McCartney
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Publisher

Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

2nd November 2017

ISBN

9781783445509

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Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

Publisher's Website

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