The Guardian features Last in their round-up of the best new picture books!
This month there’s an emphasis on change and transition, loss and hopefulness. In picture books, Nicola Davies’s Last (Tiny Owl) is inspired by the true story of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino. Having lost his mother to poachers, a captive rhino lives in a near-monochrome environment with other “lasts” of their species – a sad contrast to the colourful landscapes he remembers. Once returned to the wild, though, he finds he may not be the last after all. Pulling no punches, but inspiring the reader to fight for nature against all odds, the book is delicately balanced between sorrow and hope.
- Watch: Nicola Davies answers your burning questions about Last!
- Download: Discover Last teacher resources!
- Last reminds us that we all have a responsibility towards nature – CILIP School Libraries Group
- Last is Nicola Davies’s debut as an illustrator! – School Library Journal
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