A Song of Gladness: A story of hope for us and our planet

A Song of Gladness: A story of hope for us and our planet

By Author / Illustrator

Michael Morpurgo, Emily Gravett



Age range(s)



Pan Macmillan








Travel the globe in this inspiring journey through the animal kingdom. A Song of Gladness is a timely reminder of the beauty and importance of the natural world from two of today's most celebrated children's book creators.  From a blackbird in a Devon garden to leopards in the African savanna, hibernating bears and chimpanzees high in the forest canopy, A Song of Gladness reminds us all of our connection with nature, and with each other, and the urgent need for us to join together in caring for the planet and every creature in it.

Former Children's Laureate and CILIP Carnegie Medal winner Sir Michael Morpurgo's beautiful story is both moving and full of hope; the illustrations from twice CILIP Kate Greenaway-winning Emily Gravett are breathtaking. This gorgeous book is a classic in the making and the perfect gift for any animal and nature lover.



A Song of Gladness is a beautiful book that celebrates the amazing variety of life on Earth. It is a story of hope and love for our planet. From a blackbird in an English garden, to a whale in the deep blue, from roaring lions on the African savanna to the tiny ladybirds, this song encourages us to connect with the natural world and with each other. We are reminded about the need for humans to care for our planet and all the living things on it.

It is filled with stunning illustrations by Emily Gravett, that highlight the gorgeous initial conversation between the author, Michael Morpurgo, and the blackbird in Devon during the first lockdown in 2020. The writing is truly lyrical and inspires us to make a difference on the one planet we call home. "Sing, my friend, sing. Our song is your song, your song is our song."

Picture book / Reviewed by Jemma Jeffrey, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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