A baby kestrel gets abducted by a lonely child who eventually thinks better of it. We follow the growth both of the bird and the misguided child.
“When I open my eyes, the sky is the first thing I see.” A baby kestrel is born high up in the wall of a school and he learns quickly about his parents, who bring him food and the children who play in the yard below. But one day, the little hawk is snatched from the nest by a school bully. But Dan is really just a lonely boy looking for a friend. He has not yet learned that a wild creature cannot be owned.
Movingly told, beautifully illustrated.
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Windhover by Alan Brown will appeal to all ages. It’s about a baby kestrel who gets abducted by a child who eventually thinks better of it.
The large illustrations are strangely calming. It’s the perfect just-before-bedtime item because it puts everyone into a good mood and takes only five minutes to read. (The Observer)
This is one of the most beautifully illustrated books I have ever seen and its message – that you should never try to own a wild creature – is crystal clear.
(London Parents Guide)
High above the playground, safe in a clover leaf-shaped hollow, a kestrels chick is born. Life is safe and warm in his hideaway home, surrounded by his brother and sister, fed and nurtured by loving parents; life holds no dangers for the young chick.
Until one day, footsteps sound on the stairway, a large shape looms above the nest, and the chick is snatched from his home and bundled into the darkness. A lonely boy, looking for a friend, keeps the chick locked in a cage. Refusing to eat, the chick grows thinner and home becomes a distant memory. Will anybody help, will somebody find the young 'Windhover' in time?
A compassionate and moving story, beautifully illustrated, creating a real sense of how the world is seen through the eyes of a young bird.
Christian Birmingham graduated in illustration from Exeter College of Art and Design in 1991. Since then he has illustrated several books for Collins, the first of which, 'The Magic Bicycle' by Berlie Doherty, was shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler award. Other titles include 'The Sea of Tranquility' by Mark Hidden and Charles Dickens' classic 'Oliver Twist'.
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Book Description HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks, 1997. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0005307681
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, London, 1997. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Christian Birmingham (illustrator). 1st Thus. Sq4to. non-pag. windhover is the country name for the kestrel. Bookseller Inventory # 002797
Book Description London; Collins. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. Illustrated by Christian Birmingham (illustrator). H/b; d/w; vg/vg+; 4to; sticker inside back cover; 4to 11" - 13" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 74717
Book Description HarperCollins, 1997. Christian Birmingham (illustrator). pp, Hardcover, 9 x 10 inches, As New, 00999. Bookseller Inventory # ta581