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The Song of the Tree

Written by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Animals Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 5+ readers General Fiction

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2020

Award-winning author and designer Coralie Bickford-Smith follows up The Fox and the Star with a wonderful new fable celebrating belonging and the importance of understanding those around you. Poetically told, the simple text which is beautifully designed on the page to match the spirit of the words, tells of the importance of shelter and its power to encourage confidence and tolerance as well as empowering development and independence. The interdependence of the bird and the tree in this story is a beautiful telling of a universal theme.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for March 2020 

The Seedling That Didn't Want to Grow by Britta Teckentrup

I Don't Want to Be Quiet by Laura Ellen Anderson

Book of Time by Kathrin Koller

The Song of the Tree by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Stars Before Bedtime by Jessamy Hibberd and Claire Grace

The Song of the Tree Synopsis

A lyrical, heart-warming new tale from the award-winning designer and creator of The Fox and the Star.

Bird loves to sing in the towering tree at the heart of the jungle. It feels like home. When the season changes she must say goodbye, but she isn't ready to let go. As she listens to the other animals, Bird learns to sing a new song.

The Song of the Tree Press Reviews

Another exquisite, clothbound tale from Coralie Bickford-Smith... [her] illustrations are so vivid and patterned, reminiscent of traditional African wax prints, that each page feels alive. The night-time stars and fireflies sparkle, though there's no glitter or foil used, while elsewhere the text swoops bird-like across the page. - Observer

My picture book of the year ... outstanding - New Statesman

I would like to frame each page - Guardian, Books of the Year

A star book for all ages ... the sort you want to keep for ever - Observer

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ISBN: 9780241367216
Publication date: 05/03/2020
Publisher: Particular Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241367216
Publication date: 5th March 2020
Author: Coralie Bickford-Smith
Publisher: Particular Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 64 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers
Genres: Animals, Fantasy / Magical, General Fiction
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Coralie Bickford-Smith

Coralie Bickford-Smith is a designer at Penguin Books. Her book covers have been recognised by the AIGA in the United States and D&AD in the UK, and have featured in numerous international magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Vogue and the Guardian. Her work on the clothbound series with Penguin Classics attracted worldwide attention and harks back to the world of Victorian book bindings. She has been asked to exhibit and speak about her work in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Portugal and the US. The Fox and the Star is her first book, inspired by William ...

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