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A Way with Wild Things

Written by Larissa Theule

Illustrated by Sara Palacios

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A Way with Wild Things Review

Books for Babies and Toddlers Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Stories about Animals Stories about Animals

Working in perfect harmony, the words and illustrations in this delightfully calm and thoughtful picture book set out the beauty of the natural world as a framework for exploring shyness

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2021

Poppy Anne Field loves ants and spiders and ladybirds and butterflies and dragonflies. Watching them for hours while deep in the countryside she feels entirely at home in their company. But when she is with people, she is overcome with shyness and does everything she can to blend into the scenery – rather as her beloved insects do to keep themselves safe. How Poppy’s love of nature helps her to overcome her shyness is conveyed gently and in a way that will reassure all those who are equally shy.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for March 2021

Veggie Power by Annette Roeder & Olaf Hajek

The Day the Screens went Blank by Danny Wallace

Shades of Scarlet by Anne Fine

Storm Keepers' Battle by Catherine Doyle

A Way with Wild Things by Larissa Theule

One in a Hundred Thousand by Linni Ingemundsen

A Moon Boy Loves My Best Friend by Rebecca Patterson

Mr Benn's Big Game by David McKee

Rabunzel by Gareth P Jones & Loretta Schauer

A Way with Wild Things Synopsis

Meet Poppy - if you can find her!

Poppy loves bugs, and can usually be found carrying on conversations with ladybirds or sitting outside among the brightly coloured wildflowers ... but good luck spotting her indoors and around people! She's a master of camouflage, always finding a way to blend into her surroundings.

But when a very special bug lands on her grandma's birthday cake, Poppy can't resist popping out to see it. Soon the rest of the guests notice the beautiful dragonfly, and Poppy too. Maybe it's OK to stand out sometimes, just like the vibrant wildflowers and shimmering insects Poppy loves.

This poetic and evocative story celebrates the shy and introverted kids among us, as well as the other small creatures to be found if we look closely enough.

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ISBN: 9781526628565
Publication date: 18/03/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526628565
Publication date: 18th March 2021
Author: Larissa Theule
Illustrator: Sara Palacios
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Animals, Animals
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: 30 Children's Books to Improve Self-Esteem and Build Confidence, Spring has Sprung - 30 Eggcellent Easter Reads!,

About Larissa Theule

Larissa Theule holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of three forthcoming picture books (two on the Abrams list). She lives in Pasadena, CA with her family and spends her time writing, biking through town, and tending to her rambling garden. Kelsey Garrity-Riley earned her degree in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She illustrates for many platforms, from books and magazines to greeting cards and window displays. She and her husband now call Brooklyn, NY home.

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