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Publisher Comments:

Do you believe in Bog Babies?

If you dont, you will!

When two small sisters go fishing in a magic pond, they find something much better than a frog or a newt. They find a Bog Baby. Small and blue, with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to take him home with them and keep him a secret.

But the Bog Baby is a wild thing, and when he gets sick, the girls turn to their mother for help. She teaches them the greatest lesson of all: sometimes if you really love something, you have to let it go.

This magical book about the wonder children feel for the wild creatures around them will appeal to every childs imagination and love of the outdoors.

2008 Booktrust Early Years Preschool Award Winner

Review:

"Bog Babies have round blue bellies and little wings 'no bigger than daisy petals.' The narrator, seen as a girl in a red jumper and pigtails, recounts finding one with her sister on a surreptitious visit to Bluebell Wood, 'long ago, when we were little.' Her confiding, reminiscent tone is one of this irresistible book's chief charms: 'We said we were going to Annie's house to play,' she admits, 'but we didn't.' After a brief period of bliss ('We sneaked him into school in a margarine tub'), the Bog Baby falls ill, and the girls' mother, who has clearly caught a Bog Baby or two in her day ('When she saw who was in the bucket, she smiled and her eyes went misty'), helps the girls bring him back to the pond where he belongs. Willis (Mammoth Pie) supplies numerous winsome details ('We fed him cake crumbs'), ever-fresh in the narrator's mind, and Millward's (Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood) dreamy, doodly pen and ink spreads are similarly fragrant with nostalgia for childhood expeditions and the sheer magic of the outdoors. Ages 3 — 7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

When two small sisters go fishing in a magic pond, they find something much better than a frog or a newt. They find a Bog Baby. Small and blue, with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to take him home with them and keep him a secret. Full color.

About the Author

Jeanne Willis has written more than 80 titles, including picture books, novels, and television scripts. She has also won numerous awards, including the Sheffield Childrens Book Award and the Silver Smarties Prize. Her teen novel, Naked Without a Hat, was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award in 2004. She often takes inspiration from dreams and interesting conversations with strangers. She lives in England.

Gwen Millward studied illustration in Edinburgh and now spends all of her time painting and writing stories for children about her favorite subject, beasts. Her first book, Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood, was published in April 2007. She lives in England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375861765
Author:
Willis, Jeanne
Publisher:
Schwartz & Wade Books
Illustrator:
Millward, Gwen
Author:
illustrated by Gwen Millward
Author:
Millward, Gwen
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Imaginary creatures
Subject:
Animals - Pets
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Nature & the Natural World - General
Subject:
Children s Animals-Animal Stories-Pets
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20091031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
8.56x10.64x.45 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
03-07

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Product details 32 pages Schwartz & Wade Books - English 9780375861765 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bog Babies have round blue bellies and little wings 'no bigger than daisy petals.' The narrator, seen as a girl in a red jumper and pigtails, recounts finding one with her sister on a surreptitious visit to Bluebell Wood, 'long ago, when we were little.' Her confiding, reminiscent tone is one of this irresistible book's chief charms: 'We said we were going to Annie's house to play,' she admits, 'but we didn't.' After a brief period of bliss ('We sneaked him into school in a margarine tub'), the Bog Baby falls ill, and the girls' mother, who has clearly caught a Bog Baby or two in her day ('When she saw who was in the bucket, she smiled and her eyes went misty'), helps the girls bring him back to the pond where he belongs. Willis (Mammoth Pie) supplies numerous winsome details ('We fed him cake crumbs'), ever-fresh in the narrator's mind, and Millward's (Guess What I Found in Dragon Wood) dreamy, doodly pen and ink spreads are similarly fragrant with nostalgia for childhood expeditions and the sheer magic of the outdoors. Ages 3 — 7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , When two small sisters go fishing in a magic pond, they find something much better than a frog or a newt. They find a Bog Baby. Small and blue, with wings like a dragon, the girls decide to take him home with them and keep him a secret. Full color.
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