'Karine Polwart's first children's picture book, sumptuously illustrated by Kate Leiper, is inspired by various folktales, pulling on Karine's tradition of storytelling in song' – Janice Forsyth, BBC Radio Scotland
'A traditional folktale . . . and at another level, a book that has real resonance in the modern era. You don’t have to look far to realise there are man, many people in [the mother and daughter’s] poition in the world we live in today. Both [words and pictures] are outstanding. The storytelling is economical and highly effective; the illustrations add depth to the story. A great wee book!' – Undiscovered Scotland
A young girl and her mother settle in the woods for a night’s sleep, after a long and tiring journey. But who will keep them safe from harm? A wee bird is watching from the trees. And he knows just what to do. A vividly illustrated telling of a folk tale that speaks to themes of displacement, migration and protection.
Written by Karine Polwart / Illustrated by Kate Leiper
After a terrible storm, the Kingdom of Birds is looking for a leader. Will it be the bird with the loveliest song, or the brightest plumage? The fastest in the air, or underwater? The bird who flies highest, or those who stick together and work as a team?
All across the sky, birds are flocking together. Nightingales and robins, barn owls and blackbirds. The eagle, the flamingo, the birds of the moor. Curlews and cuckoos and herons and hoopoes. And Wee Jenny Wren.
Let the contest begin!