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Stories to set your imaginations alight – Dolphin Booksellers

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Stories to set your imaginations alight!

Dolphin Booksellers have shared not one, but three glowing reviews of some of our most recent releases! We love these reviews of The Secret of the Tattered Shoes, Fair Shares and Quill Soup! Read Sue Martin’s thoughts below.


Three outstanding new books from Tiny Owl, beautifully presented and stories and illustrations to set your imaginations alight!

The Secret of the Tattered Shoes written by Jackie Morris and illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi.

A fresh interpretation of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale about twelve dancing princesses who are locked in at night, yet whose shoes are worn down by morning. But unlike the original story, this soldier seeks a different ending. Jackie’s dark and poetic text updates this well known tale and intriguingly shows how stories adapt and change. Beautifully illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi  with a style that encapsulates the beauty and melancholy of the story.

Fair Shares is written by Pippa Goodhart and illustrated by Anna Doherty.

Hare and Bear would love some juicy pears. But the tree is just too tall. So Hare finds some chairs to help. Hare has two chairs but Bear only has one. ” That’s not fair!” says Bear. But a little friend teaches then that being fair isn’t always everyone getting the same thing…

Quill Soup by illustrator Dale Blankenaar and written by Alan Durrant

The third in the series ‘One Story, Many Voices’ series from Tiny Owl. Noko the porcupine is very hungry. On arriving at the village, he asks the other animals for food and shelter. But despite their full bellies, they say they have nothing. So Noko sets about making soup from the quills on his back, which is so tasty that even the king likes it. Once the villagers hear of his plan they all want to share with him.

Three wonderful books a pleasure to read and to share.

  • Watch the trailer for The Secret of the Tattered Shoes
  • Quill Soup is about the need to belong somewhere! – illustrator Dale Blankenaar
  • Read our Fair Shares blog post – How can we explain the idea of fairness to children?

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