A little boy has recently arrived in the city. Although the reasons for this move are not explained, it is clear he misses the space and freedom of the home he has left behind. His grandpa takes him for a walk to a dusty old junk shop full of unwanted objects. They find interesting things to show each other; the boy a telescope and grandpa what appears an uninteresting grey stone, his grandson is not impressed. But when opened, something beautiful and magical is revealed. Changed by this experience the young boy becomes more aware of beauty in the world around him – a flower poking through the paving slabs, a bird around his feet and he imagines what might lie under the ground. Eventually his journey of discovery leads him to a wonderful playground and a new friend. After initial doubts, he begins to feel there may be lots to look forward to in life in his new home after all.
A gentle, beautifully illustrated picturebook with an uplifting story about not jumping to conclusions and finding ‘the everyday fantastic’ – the beauty and wonder in the ordinary and every day. A story which might prompt young readers to make their own discoveries and look at their world with fresh eyes.