We’ve all seen it happen in the school playground: children testing bonds as they navigate the world of new friendships.
Here, we meet the lonely Fox who is instantly drawn to the beautiful and confident Bird. So desperate for bird’s friendship, Fox will do anything Bird asks — jump, run, swim. But nothing seems good enough for Bird.
When Fox can’t take anymore, the tables are quickly turned and Bird tries anything to win Fox’s affection. It’s only when the pair agree to do things together that their friendship can blossom.
This striking and sensitively-told story is a wonderful way to broach topics of kindness, empathy and compromise in young children.
Edwina Wyatt’s pared-back prose is poetic and poignant, while Alice Lindstrom’s rich and sumptuous collage-style illustrations shine with colour and beauty. Lindstrom’s fox and bird (and other animals), all made from layers of painted paper, sing on every page against washes of blues and greens.
Subtle and stunning, this story of new friendship is a modern-day fable that’s sure to become a much-loved classic.
Title: Fox & Bird
Author: Edwina Wyatt
Illustrator: Alice Lindstrom
Publisher: Little Hare, $24.99
Publication Date: June 2019
Format: Hard Cover
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book