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A Wee Bird Was Watching

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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.

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9781780275321
  • ISBN: 9781780275321
  • Pub Date: 18th October 2018
  • Publisher: Birlinn General
  • Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 32

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8th January '19
I read it to Piglet aged 7 aged 7
A Wee Bird Was Watching 9781780275321
4 stars
A mother and her young daughter are on a long journey, and decide to stop in some woods for a rest and some food. While the mother gathers food, a small bird watches over the girl. This story is a re-telling of a folk tale of how robins gained their red breasts. 

The story is quite subtle in a introducing the idea that the small family are fleeing from somewhere, and the dangers and deprivations that they encounter on their way. The language is gentle and understated, and the illustrations match their tone. 

My son really liked this story (as robins hold a special significance for us) and wanted to know if it was a true story. It gave us the chance to talk about folk tales, which are a genre that I have not really read to my children. 
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Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning Scottish songwriter and musician, as well as a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken word performer and essayist. She is a five-time winner at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, and her album Wind Resistance won the Best Music and Sound Award at the CATS 2017. She was also shortlisted for Best Actor `Scott...

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