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Shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020
Lubna found the pebble on the beach the night she and her father arrived on a boat. Now Pebble is her only friend in the tent city where she lives. When Amir arrives, Lubna and Pebble befriend him and help him to talk again. This is a wise, gentle story about the possibility of kindness in even the bleakest situations.
Lubna's best friend is a pebble. She found it on the beach when they arrived in the night, then she fell asleep in Daddy's salty arms. Lubna tells Pebble everything. About home. About the war. Pebble always listens to her stories and smiles when she feels afraid. But one day, when a little boy arrives, alone in a world of tents, Lubna poignantly understands that he needs Pebble even more than she does . . .
Author Wendy Meddour joins forces with illustrator Daniel Egneus to create an important story about the power of friendship.
The story has an ageless emotional heart, really, with lovely illustrations, told in a way easily understood by children. - Families Glasgow
Spacious, soaring spreads by Egneus add flashes of imaginative escape to the poignant story by Meddour. - Publishers Weekly
A true celebration of the endless creativity and resilience of children. - Kirkus Reviews
This tender, understated story honours the emotional resilience of young people. - Horn Book Magazine
This warm and touching picturebook, about a child's kindness to another, features children who have crossed a sea from a war to live in a world of tents. Evocative drawings express sadness and hope. - One to Watch Out For in the Sunday Times
Publication date: 20/02/2020
Publisher: Oxford University Press
|Publication date:||21st March 2019|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Suitable for:||Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Personal Social Health Economic , Racism / Multi-Culturalism|
Wendy Meddour is the author and illustrator of A Hen in the Wardrobe and The Black Cat Detectives in the Cinnamon Grove series for Frances Lincoln. The series has been critically acclaimed, and A Hen in the Wardrobe won the John C Laurence Award for writing that improves relations between races. It was also shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award for an outstanding first novel. She is also the author of the bestselling Wendy Quill books and writes and paints from her home in Wiltshire.More About Wendy Meddour