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Walker Books
01 June 2020
Children's & Educational; Picture storybooks; Farm animals (Children's&YA); Personal & social issues: racism & multiculturalism (Children's&YA); Social issues: war & conflict issues (Children's&YA)
Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2020! There was once a farm where all the animals were friends. Together they looked after the farm and each other. It wasn't perfect and they didn't always agree (animals almost never do). But the Geese have hatched a plan to leave the farm... will life be perfect for them now? A powerful modern-day fable for our times told with humour and warmth, and most importantly, hope. A story of building bridges not barriers, respect not resentment and of finding friendship, not fear. 'The Little Island eloquently illustrates the pitfalls of isolation... Clear, comic and ending on a hopeful note' Guardian 'Animal Farm for our times... a little island of sanity in the rising tide of insanity around us' Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo 'An allegory with a 'better together' theme' Sunday Times, Best Children's Books of 2019 'An elegantly written fable about division, with serious soul.' Sally Phillips 'I love it.,. the overall message is hope and the power of togetherness which is a lesson that many adults could do with hearing.' Dom Joly
By:   Smriti Prasadam-Halls
Illustrated by:   Robert Starling
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 260mm,  Width: 250mm,  Spine: 4mm
Weight:   210g
ISBN:   9781783449101
ISBN 10:   1783449101
Pages:   32
Publication Date:   01 June 2020
Recommended Age:   From 4 to 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Smriti Prasadam-Halls (Author) Smriti Prasadam-Halls is an award-winning, internationally bestselling British author whose books have been published in more than 30 languages, and include I LOVE YOU NIGHT AND DAY (Publisher's Weekly #1 bestseller, Wall Street Journal bestseller), THE WAYS OF THE WOLF (English Association Non-Fiction Winner) and DON'T CALL ME SWEET (Booktrust Treasure Pack). Smriti worked for the BBC and across children's publishing and television for twelve years, as a writer and commissioning editor. Smriti lives and works in London with her husband and three sons.Robert Starling (Illustrator) Rob Starling began doodling creatures and characters at school and hasn't stopped since. He lives and works in Norwich, and when he's not sketching up new characters or writing down stories he can be found sculpting, brewing coffee, adjusting his headphones or foraging in the kitchen for cake. And, of course, teaching kids. Fergal is Fuming, which was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award, was his first book.

Reviews for The Little Island

The Little Island eloquently illustrates the pitfalls of isolation... Clear, comic and ending on a hopeful note, it's a helpful book for discussing Brexit with young children. * Guardian * Animal Farm for our times...This book, with its hopeful ending, is a little island of sanity in the rising tide of insanity around us. I hope it will have many readers and start many conversations... hopefully before all the bridges are torn down completely. * Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo * An allegory with a 'better together' theme . . . all with humorous expressions by illustrator Robert Starling * Sunday Times, Best Children's Books of 2019 * There is humour and warmth, and the bright illustrations will really appeal to even the youngest readers. The message here is that compassion for others and strength in togetherness is what makes us thrive. The Little Island may raise as many questions as it answers, but that's precisely why global ideas should be introduced to children at such a young age. * Book Trust, Books We Love * An allegory laced with humour, packed with all too recognisable observations, and alarming hypothesis that ring resoundingly in the ears and hearts of readers young and old. * CLPE, Staff Picks 2019 *

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