"A house is not a home for wild things;
wild things need to run, and soar, and swim."
In the quiet dawn of the spring forest a boy finds an orphan fawn, hungry and alone. He carefully carries her home, caring for her while she grows strong. The boy and the fawn become inseparable. Together they spend long summer days running through the glen, leaping over the heather, and lying in the dappled sunlight.
But the young deer is a wild thing and too soon she is ready to discover a home of her own.
The boy misses his friend and worries for her when a big storm threatens. Can the boy and the fawn find each other again? Are some bonds stronger than goodbye?
Lyrical and atmospheric, this beautiful picture book by award-winning author Louise Greig and emerging illustrator Julia Moscardo is an uplifting story of belonging, the enduring connection between humans and nature, and a tender lesson in learning when to let go of those you love.
Publisher: Floris Books
Number of pages: 32
Dimensions: 250 x 270 mm
'In the quiet dawn of the Spring forest, a boy finds an orphan fawn. An uplifting, lyrical story of wildness and belonging, against the evocative backdrop of the Scottish mountains.'
-- The Bookseller
'I found myself connecting with this story on an emotional level... At its heart it is a story of a boy's care for a wild creature, and a recognition of the wilderness in us all. Greig is a poet from Aberdeen, and I'd argue that the book demands to be read aloud, to fully appreciate the magic of her words. A gentle picture book to soothe the soul.'
-- Barbara Henderson, for What's On North
Praise for Louise Greig:
'She weaves magic with every word.'
-- The Herald
'Greig's soaring, unrhymed poetry, creates a sense of night's scale, richness and enveloping magic.'
-- The Guardian on The Night Box
'A breathtaking, quiet story.'
-- Times Literary Supplement on Between Tick and Toc
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