Where My Wellies Take Meby Michael Morpurgo, Clare Morpurgo, Olivia Lomenech Gill (Illustrator)
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A lavish, keepsake collection of poetry, beautiful artwork, and unforgettable treasures from acclaimed children’s book author Michael Morpurgo, woven around a girl’s adventures on a countryside walk.
Pippa loves staying with her Aunty Peggy. She loves going for walks, whether it is sunny or cold — long, wandering walks where her wellies take her. Follow Pippa into the beautiful countryside as her day unfolds, and the wildlife, animals, and people she encounters are complemented by relevant poems from some of our greatest authors, personally chosen by Clare and Michael Morpurgo. Part poetry anthology, part children’s scrapbook, this is a truly lavish project designed to instill a love of language in young children.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Charming... Those who remember lazy days spent picking dandelions and hunting crawdads may close the cover with the urge to knock the mud off their boots.
—The Chicago Tribune
Gr 3–6—This illustrated, journal-style story is comprised of Pippa's observations as she takes a walk around a small English village. Her handwritten notes are enhanced by poems and illustrations of the places, people, and animals she sees; as the youngster sets off, the accompanying poem by John Masefield, "Tewkesbury Road," appropriately begins, "It is good to be out on the road,/and going one knows not where…." Christina Rossetti, Ted Hughes, Walter de la Mare, and Robert Browning are among the other poets included. The child is a keen observer and explorer and shares important knowledge she has learned, like how to walk through a field of cows without disturbing them. On foot and on horseback, she records her encounters with spiders and chickens, a fisherman, and a farmer on a tractor. The verses have been placed to complement Pippa's musings, and this combination makes for a lovely one-on-one read-aloud or an unintimidating introduction to poetry. The book has the look of a nature journal/scrapbook, with layered, collagelike illustrations, primarily in browns and grays, on every page. Pippa's notes are written in cursive throughout, which may prove challenging to younger readers. This lovely, unusual book might not immediately find a broad audience, but with help, the right readers will appreciate it.—Marian McLeod, Darien Library, CT
- Candlewick Press
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.70(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.70(d)
- Age Range:
- 6 - 9 Years
Meet the Author
Michael Morpurgo is one of the U.K.’s best-loved authors and a former Children’s Laureate. He has written over 120 books for children, including Kensuke’s Kingdom and War Horse. His wife, Clare Morpurgo, is the daughter of Allen Lane, founder of Penguin Books. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Michael and Clare live in Devon, England.
Olivia Lomenech Gill is a fine artist who has exhibited her work across the world. Where My Wellies Take Me is her first work as an illustrator. She lives in Northumberland, England.
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