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Boundless Sky

Written by Amanda Addison

Illustrated by Manuela Adreani

Early Years Key Stage 1 Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

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An exquisitely beautiful and timely tale about two migrations

Very cleverly this gentle story links the astonishing tale of the migration of the tiny swift to find a safe nesting site in Africa, with the story of Leila, who also must travel thousands of miles to find a safe home. The parallel migrations mirror each other in the perils of the journey but also in the hope engendered by the welcome they receive in their new home. The passage of the brave bird and the places and people who mark the passing of the seasons by his journey is evocatively told and really highlights to young readers both the physical distance and the challenges of climate and geography. All of which subtly underscores the challenge for Leila and the physical and social challenges she will face. It is thought provoking but wonderfully hopeful too. As if the miracle of nature and the endeavours of the swift can act as an inspiration for human endurance and kindness as shown by the kindness of the welcome for Leila from other children. Manuela Adreani’s gorgeous, stylish illustrations are the perfect foil for the simple yet powerful text. With many cross curricular uses for older children as well this is a very worthwhile purchase.

Joy Court

Boundless Sky Synopsis

Nobody knew, nobody dreamed, nobody even considered the possibility that a bird that fits in your hand might fly halfway around the world looking for a place to nest . . . or that a young girl from northern Africa might flee halfway around the world looking for safety. This is the story of Bird. This is the story of Leila. This is the story of a chance encounter and a long journey home.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911373674
Publication date: 28th February 2020
Author: Amanda Addison
Illustrator: Manuela Adreani
Publisher: Lantana Publishing
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1
Topics: Family Issues, Personal Social Health Economic

About Amanda Addison

Amanda Addison's work is inspired by the natural world, travel and textiles. She has been long-listed for the Commonword and Virginia Prize and holds an MA in Writing the Visual. Manuela Adreani is a children's book illustrator and animator living in Turin, Italy. Her accolades include winning the illustration contest for the 130th anniversary of the creation of Pinocchio.

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