By Author / Illustrator
Jackie Morris, Cathy Fisher
Otter-Barry Books Ltd
In a faraway forest a baby is lost and found, protected by a she-panda. Nine years later another baby, the panda's child, is in great danger, and only a boy and the spirit of the forest can save him. This magical, powerful story by Jackie Morris, co-creator of The Lost Words, and award-winning illustrator Cathy Fisher, is a book for all ages to treasure, exploring our most vital connection with wild nature.
The award-winning Welsh author Jackie Morris, who lives in a cottage held together with cobwebs, has yet again demonstrated her mastery with words. She has teamed with the incredible illustrator Cathy Fisher which is a stoke of genius. Through her art, Cathy demonstrates her deep connection with the natural world as well as the tender human emotions in the story.
In a faraway forest a baby is lost and found, protected by a she-panda. Nine years later another baby, the panda's child, is in great danger, and only a boy and the spirit of the forest can save him.
The Panda's Child is an absolute must read. It is one of my absolute favorites at the moment. I feel that to be able to truly appreciate the themes of this story and the beauty of the images, I would want to share this text with Key Stage 2 pupils. With KS2 pupils I would work on story prediction as the plot is not one that could be guessed at key points. This text would also lend itself to discussions about morals and rights and wrongs. This will be a much-loved book for years to come and deserves to win a significant number of awards.
96 pages / Reviewed by Amanda Shipton, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 7+