DARLING, Pollyanna (text) Kirsty Chalmers (illus.) Heartwood Imaginaria, 2013 58pp $14.95 pbk ISBN 9780987116444 SCIS 1642016

In a magical wood of ancient trees, families of squirrels, magpies and faeries coexist independent of each other until their habitat is threatened by the approach of the bulldozer ‘Smashbasher’.  Motivated by a shared purpose the inhabitants develop winning teamwork which saves the day, and the future of this section of forest.

The author’s website describes this book as a ‘first chapter book for 7-9 year olds’ although it may work better as a story told to younger children.

reviewed by Christine Oughtred

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