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Monday 11 March 2019

Review: Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six

This is the story of the adventure every kid dreams they could take.

Ivanhoe Swift is six. He yearns to see the world, so he leaves home with a red kite, a map and his mother’s singing calling through the breeze. 

Ivanhoe meets people, both nice and not so nice. He explores the woods and sees the ocean and listens to the waves. 

But when Ivanhoe’s kite is stolen by the wind and his map gets soggy, he worries that he’ll never make it home again.

Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six is a magical, lyrical picture book by treasured Australian author Jane Godwin. It’s about adventure and freedom and the whimsy of being a child and having the world at your doorstep — a world that’s begging to be explored and enjoyed. 

With colourful and inspiring illustrations by A Yi, each turn of the page pulls you into Ivanhoe’s world. Stunning shades of green and you’re in a glorious forest. Deep blues and the ocean dances around you.

Kids will love this book. It is the adventure every child dreams of going on, and it will spark a love of adventuring, curiosity and stepping out into the wildness of the world.

For more beautiful Jane Godwin books, make sure to check out Go Go and the Silver Shoes and The Silver Sea.

Title: Ivanhoe Swift Left Home at Six
Author: Jane Godwin
Illustrator: A Yi
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $24.99
Publication Date: March 2019
Format:  Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781760631864
For ages: 4 - 8  
Type: Picture Book