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Monday, 9 September 2019

Review: Little Puggle's Song

Puggle the echidna dreams of being part of the magical sounds of the bush choir with his friends, but when he tries to sing, no sound comes out.

Little Puggle’s friends Brown Feather the kookaburra, Fancy Crest the cockatoo and the other birds each have their own sounds which float, echo and hop through the bushland. Even the kangaroos and koalas have sounds to join in, but poor Puggle who so badly wants to join in, simply can’t, he is adamant and tries different breathing and singing techniques, but nothing works.

When Brown Feather announces the plan to sing a welcome song for Mrs and Mr Emu’s soon to hatch chicks, Little Puggle knows he must be part of the special song. A magical ending prevails with a wondrous message about determination and being part of a group.

The stand out illustrations with beautiful colour and light create a dreamy Australian setting, and an instant connection with Little Puggle’s character. Vikki Conley’s captivating story-telling and Helene Magison’s pictures flow and lift each other to make a wholesome and stunning book with a cover so delightful that it warmed my heart before I even opened it.

Little Puggle’s Song is perfect for reading aloud to groups and is sure to inspire activities, musical adventures, craft and discussions.

Vikki Conley is an emerging author, Little Puggle’s Song is the second of at least five of her books scheduled for publishing this year. Helene Magisson has illustrated many books including Slowly! Slowly!, The Whirlpool and the classic The Velveteen Rabbit.

Author: Vikki Conley
Illustrator: Helene Magisson
Publisher: New Frontier, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 September 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 78-1-925594-69-0
For ages: 3 – 6
Type: Picture Book


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