Aug 5, 2020
By Mandy Coe
A wide-ranging new collection from an exciting poet, encompassing the natural world, city life, family and belonging – suffused with warmth and empathy.
Look out for the tree that saved a town; dip your toe in the Milky Way; sing the City Seed Song; come home to Belonging Street … Mandy Coe joins our poetry list with an eagerly-awaited second collection of poems for children. She writes: “Much of the book is a quest, a search for a sense of belonging, whether the searcher is a child, a tree-that-walks, the colour grey, or a butterfly … It was wonderful to be both illustrator and writer, creating pictures full of poetry and poems full of pictures.”
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"This inspiring volume of poetry celebrates moments, from the arrival of new baby siblings to selfies, encouraging readers to notice and imagine. It draws attention to nature, including puddles, stars and butterflies, as well as cities, skies, objects, journeys and words. It sings; so your heart will too."
Nicolette Jones - Sunday Times
"A gentle, relatable book full of humour and the wonder of being alive...There are many lovely, finely observed poems in here to share between parents and children, and poems that can be used as models for children's own writing in school."
"One of our most exciting poets writing for children."
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Author and Illustrator
Mandy Coe is an acclaimed poet whose verse for children and adults has featured on BBC radio and television. Her work on teaching poetry has been published by the TES, Bloomsbury and CUP, and she is a Visiting Fellow of The Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. She co-authored Our thoughts are bees: Writers Working with Schools and her poems can be heard on ‘Talking Poetry’, BBC Schools Radio and at the Poetry Archive. Her first collection for children, If You Could See Laughter, was shortlisted for the CLPE Poetry Award. She lives in Liverpool.