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A familiar story with a twist in the tail

The Clever Mouse Author/illustrator: Anahita Taymorian Age: 4+ Key stage: 1   The Clever Mouse is available in paperback! This mousy love story with a heartwarming twist in the tail was praised by Outside in World for showing readers ‘the importance of respecting others and the value of true love and friendship’. I’m sure we can all see a bit of ourselves in Mr. Koochi the mouse – perhaps more than we’d like to admit!…

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A wonderful visit to The Merlin School, Putney

By: Alice Ahearn* I was very excited to be invited to The Merlin School to read some of Tiny Owl’s stories to children! On Tuesday 9 May, I visited four reception classes during their morning lessons to read two Tiny Owl titles: A Bird Like Himself and The Elephant’s Umbrella. I picked these stories because they’re full of the joys of sharing and helping each other, which children are just learning for themselves at this age. Each class was a joy…

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Such a clever, beautifully crafted book!

Read a wonderful review of A Bird Like Himself by Mirrors windows doors: When an eclectic collection of animals come across an egg, they swiftly also find themselves cast in the role of parents.  What they lack in bird-ness, they make up for with love and dedication. As Bird grows, he benefits from the diverse breadth of experience that the different animals bring to their parenting. Play might be swinging from the curve of the…

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Exquisite illustrations of the value of love and freedom

The Parrot and the Merchant Illustrator: Marjan Vafaian Age: 5+ Key stage: 1   The Parrot and the Merchant is now out in paperback! Based on a fable by Rumi, the 13th-century poet, philosopher and Sufi mystic, this retelling by internationally-renowned artist Marjan Vafaian was released in hardback in 2015. The tale of the merchant Mah Jahan and her birds explores what educational consultant Laura Davies describes as ‘the true meaning of love and the value…

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Who says picture books are only meant for children?!

By: Lauren Sandford Picture books are lovely examples illustrating the true art and beauty of storytelling. With that said, it is an injustice to consider picture books as simply being meant for children — age is but a number, as picture books are for everyone! Illustrations add visual beauty, depth and intrigue to the text, creating a connection between the story and the reader. Beautiful pictures are memorable & their stories become timeless, so that…

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