Paper Boat, Paper Bird New Award-winning author

by David Almond (author)

Suitable for 12 - 13 years

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This wonderful tale transports Mina to Kyoto, Japan, an entirely new and different cultural landscape, where she encounters the magic of origami and an older magic, too. She accepts an origami paper boat from a woman on the bus. ‘Ko-ni-chi-wa,’ says the woman, ‘Take it.’ And then, ‘Float it.’

Mina watches as the woman’s fingers fold another elaborate paper form: creased, tugged and teased into the shape of a paper bird. She imagines what it would be like to be a sheet of paper in the woman’s hands, to become a paper Mina. The crowds around her disappear and Kyoto is gone.

This is a beautiful story from one of the masters of magical realism, David Almond, with stunning illustrations from Kirsti Beautyman.

“Spell-binding… impossible to resist… breathless, intoxicating prose. [Almond’s] books seem to exist in their own otherworldly universe, outside all the trends in modern publishing, yet resolutely of the now.” The Glasgow Herald

“David Almond’s books are strange, unsettling wild things – unfettered by the normal constraints of children’s literature. They are, like all great literature, beyond classification.” The Guardian

“[David Almond] is that rare thing – a writer of lucid, mature elegance, who can still see the world through adolescent eyes.” The Daily Telegraph

“A writer of visionary Blakean intensity.” The Times

“A master storyteller.” The Independent

Product Details

Catalogue number

819 in Setanta Primary January 2023 and 2240 in Books and Resources for Schools Catalogue 2023

Format

Paperback

ISBN

9781444963281

Publisher

Hodder Children's Books

Date published

February 2nd, 2023

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  • 112 pages

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New

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