Aug 2, 2017
By Paul Stewart
Illustrated by Jane Porter
An inspiring picture book that celebrates friendship and encourages children to recognise their own unique skills
The sky is full of birds and ALL of them are SWOOPING AND SOARING… except Penguin.
“I wish I could fly!” says Penguin sadly.
Owl, Parrot and the other birds try their best to help, but NOTHING seems to get their friend off the ground! How can Penguin achieve his deepest desire, and fly?
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"Paul Stewart’s delightful tale of discovering your own special talents, even though they may be different from those around you, is brought to life by Jane Porter’s beautiful collage illustrations. Penguin’s deepest desire has always been to fly but everything goes wrong. It is only when penguin falls into the sea that he discovers a different way to fly. This heart-warming picture book shows children that everyone has something they’re good at. It’s simply a matter of finding what it is."
Chris Riddell - The Guardian
"Paul Stewart's sweet, funny text and Jane Porter's characterful collage illustrations combine into a really heartwarming story about fulfilling your potential and staying content and unique. Everyone has their talent and 'special thing', and sometimes that's different to everyone else’s ….What a lovely message from this great big hug of a book."
"I love this story, which is beautifully illustrated by Jane Porter - she depicts all the birds for us so well, and they are utterly delightful; my favourite picture is Owl giving Penguin a big hug. The story shows us how important supportive friends are, and how we all have a special talent, maybe an unexpected one. A lovely book."
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Author and Illustrator
Jane Porter is an exciting new illustrator and writer. In addition to her picture book work, she does illustration commissions for organisations such as London Zoo, The National Trust, the V&A and Kensington Palace amongst others. Jane uses pen and ink, cut paper and collage to make images that reflect her love of animals and sense of humour. Her baby book This Rabbit, That Rabbit was chosen by Book Trust to be given to all new babies born in 2015. Jane also runs creative workshops for children, and school art projects. When she is not working she can be found out on the river Thames in a coracle, skiff or punt looking out for passing bats, cormorants and wagtails. Jane lives and works in London.
Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for young readers and together with Chris Riddell he is co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles series, which has sold over three million books and is now available in over thirty languages worldwide. Together they also created the Far-Flung Adventure series, which includes Fergus Crane, Gold Smarties Prize Winner; Corby Flood and Hugo Pepper, both Silver Nestlé Prize Winners. Paul travelled for many years and lived in Germany and Sri Lanka, teaching English as a foreign language, before returning to England and subsequently becoming a full-time writer. He lives in Brighton.