Inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale, this is a retelling of the classic story of a princess who knits shirts out of stinging nettles to undo a wicked curse that has turned her brothers into swans. The radiant colour illustrations make it perfect for seven to nine year old readers but it can equally be read as a bedtime story for slightly younger children. It is not a picture book but a small elegant hardback. It adds to the original story by emphasising how the “curse” of silence might enhance one’s understanding of the world by making one more alive to the richness of nature.
Jackie Morris The Wild Swans
Hardback £10.99 (176pp)
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