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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)
by Antonie Schneider
Age Range: Under_5
Leo’s parents are too busy to have any time for him and he is looked after by his older sister Alma. Even on his birthday it looks like his parents are not going to be around. ‘You never have time for me’ shouts Leo at his mum. Leo resorts to his imagination for a solution and as he draws a picture he conjures up a strange and enchanting world where his mum becomes a goose, his dad a crocodile and his sister Alma a rabbit. He thinks how much better it would be if his family were all animals. But there is a surprise in store for him when he wakes up on his birthday.
This is an unusual cautionary tale of modern-day living with bold, vibrant illustrations from Helga Bansch to accompany the story.