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Fiona Waters was born in Edinburgh, and is famous in the children's book world for her passion, enthusiasm and expansive knowledge. She is the Editorial Director of Troubadour, The Travelling Book Company, the largest Independent Book Fair Company in the UK and has written over eighty children's books. She won the CLPE Poetry Prize in 2007. She lives in Dorset and has several cats. Fulvio Testa is one of Italy's most distinguished artists and illustrators and has had many exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In addition to his own prize-winning titles, he has illustrated books by authors such as Anthony Burgess and Gianni Rodari.
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2020 | Beautifully presented, this is a fabulous anthology of poems greatly enhanced by wonderful illustrations and a sumptuous binding – including a very useful marker ribbon! Subtitled “An animal poem for every day of the year”, it includes poems which introduce a huge range of animals from around the world. Some are familiar but most are refreshingly new. Some examples I loved are: May 1st, Song about the Reindeer, Musk Oxen, Women, and Men who want to show off, an Innuit song and September 7th The Manatee by Jack Prelutsky – “I’m partial to the manatee,/ which emanates no vanity./ It swims amidst anemones/ and hasn’t any enemies.” This anthology really does include something for everyone!
A stunning collection of forty of Aesop’s less well-known but equally absorbing fables retold to capture the clever and humorous twists of the originals. All of them reflect the significant characteristics of the animals, humans or natural phenomenon at the heart of the story as well as offering a clear message for all. In The Moon and the Mother, the Moon asks a dressmaker who she often spies working by the light of the moon to make her a cloak. The dressmaker declines on the ground that it is impossible to make a cloak for something that is forever changing its shape! Glorious illustrations by Fulvio Testa capture the humour at the heart of Aesop.