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Petra Brown has been a children's book illustrator since 2006 when her first picture book If Big Can... I Can, written by Beth Shoshan and published by Meadowside, was shortlisted for the Booktrust Early Years Awards.
Since then she has produced work for Templar, Franklin Watts, Meadowside, Egmont, Pont, Tiger Tales, Gwasg y Bwthyn and Cat's Pyjamas, Scholastic, and Usborne.
(Text from the illustrator's website. Click on the link to visit and learn more).
This is an absolutely gorgeous, heart-warming and courageous tale of a young sheepdog puppy who is too young to join her master and her mum out on the hill, particularly when it's snowing. But when they don't return from the hill it's up to Collywobble to rescue them and get the sheep to safety. The author’s touching story is beautifully complemented by Petra Brown’s artwork. Her feel for the Welsh landscape and her affinity with animals makes this a perfect picture book for little ones (and their mums and dads) to treasure.
Prize-winning Michael Morpurgo packs in a range of big emotions in this beautifully written short novel for newly fluent readers and reissued for a new generation of children. Helped by his granny, Nick learns to see off the nasty bully with his extra-strength conker and also comes to terms with the loss of a beloved pet and finds a way of filling the gap he has left. The LoveReading Comment: When Stevie Rooster is mean about Nick's old dog dying, Nick throws Stevie's best conker into the pond. But Grandma says there's a better way to get back at Stevie - become Conker King of Jubilee Park. In order to do that, Nick must use some conkers from the tree in the old scrapyard.
Meet the Snoreys - Mummy, Daddy, Mop, Snuggle, Snuffle and Pignut. This family of dormice love to sleep, all except the youngest, Pignut. Instead, he goes on an adventure around the forest and discovers the dormouse-written 'Secret Book of Sleep'. Reading it, Pignut finally drops off. Underlying this delightful tale is a secret weapon for exhausted parents - the story is written using simple neurolinguistic techniques, designed to have a soporific effect on the listener. Also includes an audio version of the tale.
A beautifully crafted chapter book by Michael Morpurgo for Egmont's red banana series. When Stevie Rooster is mean about Nick's old dog dying, Nick throws Stevie's best conker into the pond. But Grandma says there's a better way to get back at Stevie - become Conker King of Jubilee Park. Nick must use some conkers from the tree in the old scrapyard. And in that scrapyard is a skinny, starving dog who looks just like Nick's old pet. Can Nick rescue the animal and become conker champion? A moving story about grief, redemption and the love of a family pet. Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.
The Norwegian folk tale retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. A young girl sets out with a great white bear on a journey to the ends of the earth. She visits enchanted castles, rides the wind and battles with a troll queen - all for the sake of true love. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
The classic fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen retold with simple text to help beginner readers develop reading stamina. Thumbelina is pretty and kind - and as tiny as a thumb. Flowers tower above her and birds can carry her on their backs. When she's abandoned in the outside world, she faces some very big adventures indeed. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
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