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author/illustrator: Emma Simpson

ages: 4+

52 pages
23,.1 x 25.6 cm



Comme des géants (Canada)

Sold: Simplified Chinese, French, Italian, English (world)


Clara and the Birds

  • A shy girl who usually strays from the flock discovers her own inner strength.


    For as long as she can remember, Clara has always been fascinated with birds — where they go, how they take flight, and the way they immediately fly away from her when she comes into contact with them. Like the birds she so admires, Clara is considered shy by those around her.  She, too, feels the urge to flee the company of others, preferring the comforting bubble of solitude instead.


    Convinced that her desire to be alone is a weakness, she fails to find her voice or recognize her own inner strength. That is, until she has a chance encounter with a bird who doesn’t immediately fly away.



    "A contemplative text for quiet readers, but those who persist may hear the birds sing." — Kirkus  Reviews





    Emma Simpson is a British picture book author-illustrator living in Munich. Before becoming a full time author illustrator, she worked within special education for many years. This time still informs the work she makes today. She is also greatly inspired by nature and she loves to walk in the beautiful Bavarian Alps and swim in the gorgeous lakes surrounding Munich.


    She has received several awards: UK winner of the international picture book illustration competition Picture This!, Winner of The Goodship Illustration Picture Book Course 2022.




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