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Publication date: 06 Apr 2023
ISBN: 9781788006460
Size: 250 x 270 mm
Length: 32 pages
Picture Books

Grandpa and the Kingfisher


Life-affirming and lyrical, this beautiful picture book celebrates the awesome power of nature, while gently introducing young children to the concept of life and death.

Over the course of a year, a young child and their dog watch kingfishers by the river with Grandpa. As spring turns to summer and autumn to winter, the kingfishers raise a family, while Grandpa teaches his grandchild about the power of nature and the circle of life.

Written in memory of her father, whose favourite bird was the kingfisher, Anna Wilson takes readers on a lyrical journey though a year in the life of a kingfisher family. Stunning illustrations by Sarah Massini bring the riverbank to life in all its glory, while the powerful intergenerational bond between grandparent and grandchild shows that just as spring always follows winter, hope will always return if you know where to look for it.

A positive story about life, death, and being a part of the natural world.

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“[A] deceptively multi-layered story, recounting a year in nature, as observed by a grandfather walking with his grandchild”

– the Oldie

“This is an ode to the permanence and power of nature and the circle of life”

BBC Wildlife magazine’s Book of the Month

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