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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
A Woodland Secret
by Javier Sobrino
Age Range: 6-8
After a chance meeting with a stranger, Squirrel is unable to get him off her mind. When she thinks about him her nose itches, everything goes cloudy, she loses her voice, her hair stands on end and she has butterflies in her tummy. Each of her friends in the wood, Fox, Owl, Wolf, Bear and Dormouse are all eager to give her advice as her secret becomes known.
Javier Sobrino presents a charming story with the implicit meaning that differences do not have to create difficulties in relationships. Using woodland animals to connect with young readers, the poetic text uses humour to explain affection, love and how to cope with feelings. Elena Odriozola’s illustrative style is powerfully evocative and perfectly compliments this story.
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