|Author:||Michael Morpurgo, O.B.E.|
This is a tender, lyrical tale inspired by the author's childhood in an idyllic English village, with environmental and conservational themes. In this involving tale, master storyteller Michael Morpurgo tells of a boyhood in an idyllic Suffolk village fifty years ago. The village is a stone's throw from the sea, with a gull on every chimney stack, and is peopled by quirky characters such as the three Stebbing sisters, the white moustachioed Colonel Burton and Bennie the village thug. But the heroine of this story is the serene Mrs. Pettigrew, who lives in a railway carriage down in the marshes with her dogs, donkey, bees and hens - and who befriends the young Michael and lets him ride over the marshes on her donkey. But industrial reality intrudes when plans are made to build a nuclear power station on the site of the marshes, endangering Mrs. Pettigrew's home and the gulls, owls, kestrels and thousands of insects and plants which also belong there. There ensues a village battle for and against the environmental hazard of the power station, and the young Michael finds himself caught up in the sad fate of Mrs. Pettigrew and the landscape of his boyhood. This is a jacketed hardback gift edition of Michael Morpugo's tale of his childhood landscape, evocatively illustrated by Peter Bailey.
"From the first sentence of a Michael Morpurgo book, you know you are in the hands of a natural storyteller." Guardian. "Bailey's line drawings have a lovely old-fashioned quality appropriate to the remembrances inspired by Morpurgo's boyhood." School Library Journal.
Michael Morpurgo, the 2003-2005 Children's Laureate, is widely recognized as a master storyteller, and has won numerous awards for his work, including the Smarties Book Prize, the Writer's Guild Award and the Children's Book Award (for The Wreck of the Zanzibar). Michael lives in Devon. Peter Bailey has been illustrating books for more than thirty-five years and has worked with such authors as Philip Pullman, Dick King-Smith and Allan Ahlberg. He lives in Liverpool.