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Book Title: A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope|
The author of the book: Michael Foreman
Date of issue: May 3rd 2010
ISBN 13: 9781406325881
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 6.53 MB
Read full description of the books A Child's Garden: A Story of Hope:This is such a lovely book! It's a story based in a ruined village, torn apart by war, where a small boy finds a tiny green shoot amongst all the rubble of the broken homes. The story shows the little boy protecting the shoot, giving it water and tending to it in secret, until it grows too big to contain. As the vines grow they cover the barbed wire fence which seperates the boy's village from the rest of the country and children begin to come and play together. The soldiers then come and cut down the vines, the winter comes and it seems that all hope is lost. However, soon there are more shoots and the same thing happens all over again.It is a wonderfully written book, with very child friendly language, and with feelings of the little boy that children can relate to, despite being based in a different context to what a lot of children will have experienced.
The illustrations are lovely- they start of just in grey scale and then as the shoot grows more colour is introduced until the whole page is full of colour and life. It is a great story of hope and perserverance, and children will really be able to feel that as they read through it. Great pictures, with easy to read text, good for lower KS1.
Read information about the authorMichael has worked on magazines, book jackets, animated films, TV adverts, and even for the police, sketching criminals described by witnesses. As well as illustrating many of his own books, Michael has illustrated over a hundred books for authors such as Shakespeare, J. M. Barrie, the Brothers Grimm, Charles Dickens and Oscar Wilde. Michael has travelled widely - to Africa, Japan, the Arctic Circle, China and Malaysia, the Himalayas, Siberia and New Zealand - to research his books. "I do a lot of research when I'm travelling - I find it thrilling to discover the particular 'art' of different landscapes and work them into a book. But I find I have to travel by myself, otherwise I'm constantly getting involved in other people's impressions of a place... I try to be invisible when I'm travelling, so I tend to listen in on conversations rather than participate in them - I just want to look and draw."
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