Muck and Magic Stories from the Countryside
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The March cover of BfK features Dilly the Dinosaur who is 10 years old this year. Her author, Tony Bradman, is the subject of our Authorgraph this month. We are grateful to Reed Books for their help in reproducing this illustration from Susan Hellard's original artwork.
A donation from each sale of this book will go to support the Farms for City Children project which enables children who may never have any first-hand experience of the countryside to have holidays and visits to working farms. It's a practical and unsentimental approach to environmental education and this book reflects that attitude. The wide variety of stories by some of the best of modern authors (each one with black-and-white line drawings from equally well-known illustrators) range from everyday, life to the supernatural, from the practical to the imaginative, and at no time is there a cuddly lamb, free-range hen and straw-in-the-hair view of the countryside. A number of the stories will stay in the reader's mind well after the book is finished and all will stand re-reading. Excellent for reading aloud to a younger junior class, it will nevertheless reward readers at the lower end of secondary school.