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Gloria's Porridge



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Inspired by an Ethiopian folk tale, Gloria’s Porridge shows young children how one act can be the catalyst for a whole chain of events.

When Cat wants some of Gloria’s delicious porridge, he decides to demolish every last drop, and chaos ensues… Gloria scares Cat, who then spooks the donkey, who interrupts the bees, and they end up frightening the hen! It is down to wise Fox to save the day. Inspired by an Ethiopian folk tale, Elizabeth Laird and Toby Newsome bring to life the hilarious, high-energy Gloria’s Porridge. This reimagined tale tackles difficult ideas in a fun and simple way, ideal for young readers.


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Meet the author and illustrator


Elizabeth Laird is the multi-award winning author of many successful picture books, young fiction and YA novels. Her travels across the world have influenced her style of writing and choice of topics. She is well-known for tackling a wide range of global issues through her work. During the 1990s Elizabeth travelled round Ethiopia collecting folk stories from traditional storytellers, and the British Council produced them in a series of readers for Ethiopian schools.




Toby Newsome was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1975. He studied Graphic Design and started career as a freelance illustrator and book jacket designer. Now he mainly works on editorial and children’s book illustration. He plays guitar - mostly finger-style folk music and lives in a very beautiful city, surrounded by the sea and a mountain. Toby loves hiking, and feels lucky that he can walk to the forest from his home. Toby’s illustration style is colourful, Graphic, and whimsical. He loves pattern, so that often features in his work.


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Posted in All Books, Books & Gifts, Key Stage 1, One Story, Many Voices