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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)
Battle for the Good Grass (The)
by Bardur Oskarsson
Age Range: Under_5
Amongst the finest, softest and greenest grass in the country a group of rabbits play and sleep. Unfortunately, they share this space with dogs, who also love the grass and like to run and do their business there too as well as to chase the rabbits because that’s what dogs do. The rabbits aren’t happy; they want the grass all to themselves so they come up with an ingenious plan to get rid of the bullying dogs. Now, they are able to frolic and sleep in peace. However, there’s just one problem that
the rabbits hadn’t anticipated; once the dogs disappear the grass is no longer lusciously soft or green. They are going to have to find a way to encourage the dogs to return!
A charming tale from award-winning Faroese artist, author and illustrator Bárđur Oskarsson, translated by Marita Thomsen. Oskarsson’s tales always have a fable-like quality, often with a simple message within the story and the lucid pen and ink and watercolour wash artwork with the clever use of perspective enhance it further. The rabbits learn an important lesson, that of being able to live alongside their fellow creatures, even if they are rather annoying sometimes.
The Battle for the Good Grass won the White Ravens from the International Youth Library, Munich in 2013.
Other Oskarsson titles reviewed on the website are: Dog, Cat and Mouse, The Tree, Wilbert, Flat Rabbit, and Paul, the Cool Giraffe.