Today we’re highlighting a recent release from awesome publishers Tiny Owl…
Tiny by name, but mighty by nature, this independent publisher is leading the charge with a selection of truly incredible, beautiful and diverse titles that provide thought-provoking subject material, moving beyond the usual ‘same old, same old’ subjects we all too often see in children’s picture books.
Again, tackling a hefty subject with sensitivity and care is “Caged” by Duncan Annand.
This wordless and highly imaginative picture book tells the story of bluebird, who builds her nest in the forest and leads a carefree existence.
Until two eccentric gentlemen come along with a more ambitious construction project in mind: a vast palatial building, made from birdcages filled with colourful parrots.
As the trees come down and the structure goes up, the bluebird watches on. More and more caged birds are consigned to their fate until at last a huge dome completes the work. But when the celebrating architects go in to admire their creation, the little bluebird brings their ambitions crashing down around them.
A stunning story that lets younger children interpret the important messages about the destruction of our environment, unfair imprisonment and how even the smallest voice or set of actions can form a protest and make a difference.
This is a strong and vital story that can really help your little ones make sense, and retain a sense of hope that there are better ways to live in our world. (Does anyone want to send a copy to Donald Trump?)