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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)
Evie and the Strawberry Patch Rescue
by Stefanie Dahle
Age Range: Under_5
Evie is a determined and resourceful Little Strawberry Fairy who lives in a teapot house in Wildberry Acres. After a week of constant rain Evie’s house and strawberry patch is flooded so she must find somewhere else to live where her strawberries can thrive. The fairy tree where lots of her fairy friends live is full, around the pond is too swampy and the berry woods are too dark. With help from her best friend Brightwing Butterfly and other inhabitants of the woods including the Blackberry Fairy, Darcy the Dandelion Fairy, the squirrel and hedgehog, Evie moves to a new home, but despite a new flood-free patch Evie’s strawberries still won’t grow. What has she forgotten?
This is a charming tale by German author/illustrator Stefanie Dahle, well-known in her native Germany where her books have sold over half a million copies. It combines a magical world with teaching children about how plants grow, how all living things are connected and how working together, caring for each other and fixing mistakes can make a difference. The vibrant hand-drawn illustrations in a mix of pencils, watercolour paint, pastels and gouache are detailed and expressive and are sure to endear Evie to young readers.