This very beautiful and lyrical extended version of the fairy tale 'The Wild Swans' by Hans Christian Andersen is the much anticipated companion to East of the Sun, West of the Moon (9781847802941). With strong characterisation of the heroine and also with more rounded characterisation of the wicked stepmother than in the original version, and with delicate watercolour paintings throughout, this is both a wonderful story and delightful gift. Beautifully presented in a jacketed edition with foiled title.
JACKIE MORRIS lives in a small house by the sea in Pembrokeshire, Wales, where she writes and paints. She has two children, Tom and Hannah, a small pack of dogs and a small pride of cats. Her picture books for Frances Lincoln includeThe Ice Bear (9781845079680), The Snow Leopard (9781845076689), Can You See a Little Bear? (9781845073640), The Cat and the Fiddle: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes (9781845079871), and How the Whale Became (9781845079284) by Ted Hughes.
'What makes this book magical is the delicate, beautiful, emotional illustrations, with elements of the story depicted through pictures of feathers and knitting scattered around the text, as well as page spreads with dramatic colours showing the depths of emotion. It is a beautiful book in itself - its size and shape attracted me immediately, even before I began to read. A book to treasure.'
"This looks exquisite. A lyrical extended version of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale, and companion volume to Morris’ East of the Sun, West of the Moon."
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