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A tender story with a big message. Two sisters playing by the pond find a magical tiny being complete with wings. It’s a bog baby and the two girls decide to take the best care of it that they can. But, when the bog baby becomes ill, they realize that they’ll have to let it go back to the wild. A beautiful story about the joy of caring but not shying away from the hardest part of it – letting go when the time comes.
Winner of the 2008 Booktrust Early Years 'Pre-School Award'.
The Lovereading comment:
A wonderful new story from Jeanne Willis, the author that brought you Who's in the Loo? Ever heard if a Bog Baby before? Well it’s undersized and blue and has wings similar to that of a dragon. When two girls find it in a magical pond they wonder what to do with it. This book is hilarious, touchingly illustrated and there’s a good moral lesson at the end.
When two small sisters go fishing to the magic pond, they find something much better than a frog or a newt. They find a bog baby. Small and blue with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to make him their secret. I won't tell if you won't. But the bog baby is a wild thing, and when he becomes poorly, the girls decide they must tell their mum. And she tells them the greatest lesson, if you really love something, you have to let it go.
|Publication date:||1st May 2008|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||3+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks|
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Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband. Photo credit: Justine StoddartMore About Jeanne Willis