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Happy Persian New Year!

Buy Alive Again Buy A Bottle of Happiness After all the waiting, Norouz (Persian New Year) is finally here! If you look around you can already see the signs: flowers are blooming in all different colours, and the sun is peeking through the clouds. It makes me think of Alive Again, a book filled with rebirth and growth. It teaches us to have hope that the things we’ve come to love will return again.  Many…

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A story that inspires discussion and debate

Buy The Orange House   Read a wonderful review of The Orange House by Chitra Soundar for An Awfully Big Blog adventure: When I first came across The Orange House, it struck a chord in me. I live in a regenerated part of London and often walk the streets, looking for old houses or plaques that tell me what stood there years ago. I also lived in Singapore where many of the old neighbourhoods were converted…

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Simple, but with a lot to talk about

Buy Alive Again Read a wonderful review of Alive Again by Diana Barnes at the School Library Association: In this picture book, a boy wonders what happens when blossom disappears – does the word ‘blossom’ die, so that there will never be blossom again? He wonders the same about rain stopping, wheat dying, a journey ending… but then spring arrives, and the boy’s father shows him new blossom, rain falling on the grains of wheat…

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A story about exploring language and understanding the world

Read a wonderful review of Alive Again by Annie Everall for Carousel Magazine: Written by one of the most famous contemporary Iranian poets, this is a story about exploring language and understanding the world. When the wind blows all the blossom from the trees, a small child wonders if that means the word ‘blossom’ dies, or when no rain falls does the word ‘rain’ die and if no one goes on a journey, does the…

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Books to curl up with!

Keep kids occupied with our half term book bundle It’s the autumn half term holiday at last! The temperatures are dropping and the mornings are getting darker and wetter, and it’s not so easy for children to take advantage of their week of freedom by running around outside. If the rain is pouring down and you’ve got bored children in the house, why not encourage them to curl up in the warm with a book…

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