Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2022
Age 5-7 | Hardback | 36 pages | 250 x 250mm
Publication September 2020 | ISBN 9781913733605
A child starts a new school in a strange new town. The children in her class are hostile towards her and unhappy about the stranger in their midst, refusing to include her. The girl’s response is to create something beautiful that transforms their attitude towards her and their vision of themselves and their own lives in this inspiring story.
Written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Cathy Fisher.
Nicola Davies in award-winning children's author. Underlying all Nicola’s writing is the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship. Nicola’s children’s books from Graffeg include Perfect, The Word Bird, Animal Surprises, Into the Blue and the Shadows and Light series: The White Hare, Mother Cary’s Butter Knife, The Selkie’s Mate, Elias Martin, Bee Boy and the Moonflowers and The Eel Question.
Cathy Fisher grew up with eight brothers and sisters, playing in the fields overlooking Bath. She has been a teacher and practising artist all her life, living and working in the Seychelles and Australia for many years. Art is Cathy’s first language. As a child she scribbled on the walls of her bedroom and ever since has felt a sense of urgency to paint and draw stories and feelings which she believes need to be heard and expressed.
Hardback / 32 pages / 250 x 250mm
'a visually stunning collaboration between Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher. Kiku is cruelly isolated and ostracised before something beautiful inspires tolerance and acceptance. Words & artwork combine to make a most striking and skillful picture book.' Family Bookworms
'The text is written simply, but eloquently and with beautiful language use that reveals not just the words, but the battery of feeling behind them. [...] Apart from being stunning, the illustrations, with a colour palette that evokes the changing emotions and mood of the story, are used in a most clever way. While the words of the story are given to us from the point of view of the bully, the illustrations show us the tale from the perspective of the new girl. The new girl doesn’t speak English and we do not hear her words throughout the entire book. But these glorious, evocative illustrations give us her voice with pinpoint accuracy. We know how she feels; we know what she is thinking; we understand her cleverness. And we feel her quiet triumph as she brings the gift of paper flowers, and herself into the classroom. This moment of acceptance and friendship is echoed in the words of the narrator and bring the story to a heart-warming resolution. In every way, this is an insightful, loving, extraordinary book.' Mary Esther Judy, Fallen Star Stories
'This is such an inspiring story and it is a stunning book. The artwork is truly breathtakingly beautiful.' EdSpire
'In a spare, poetic text, Nicola Davies shows how easy it is to label someone as ‘different’ and how easy it is to treat them badly once that has been done. But she also shows how a new child can turn that hostility round by introducing the special things from her own life. Cathy Fisher’s illustrations capture the powerful but understated point of the story perfectly making this apparently quiet book speak volumes.' Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids
'This is an adorable book. Beautiful both on the inside and out and was touching to read.' Stacey Garrity, Whispering Stories
'This really is a lovely book to look at and with such a simple but powerful message, it’s a good book to share with all children, especially those who might encounter others who seem very different to themselves.' Strawberry Post
'The book explores the importance of understanding others and how differences of race, culture and nationality can bring people together rather than drive them apart, and the illustrations capture the emotions of loneliness and the hope that we are left with at the end of the story.' It's All About Stories
'What a wonderful book!' Sarah Johnson
'This beautiful picture book is full of acceptance and understanding.' Clare Helen Welsh, Books That Help
'Cathy Fisher's evocative illustrations convey the change in mood throughout the book, starting grey and dull, moving to bright and cheerful as the situation changes.
✅ A thought provoking read
✅ Evocative illustrations
✅ Use in a PSHCE lesson at school - friendship, new children, feelings' Rowena, Books for Little Bookworms