Welcome to another book by an Australian animal storyteller, Daryl Barnes. Whilst this published book, number seven, is written in rhyming verse much like the other six, this story is quite different and demonstrates his versatility.
Daryl has interestingly brought two animals together that have nothing in common and would have no logical reason to become friends. He has cleverly ‘married’ a sheep with a native bird to create a relationship that seems to work. When questioned about his animal selection, Daryl replied, “I worked with sheep for much of my life and the parrot represents the native Aussie birds that I’ve gradually developed a passion for in later years.”
The two main characters in the story of ‘Running Away’, include a young male sheep going by the name of Sam the Ram and a bird he’s named Lucy Lorikeet. Sam and Lucy embark on an adventure that brings to light the moral of the story, which is; ‘if you find you are not getting along at home, the alternative of ‘running away’ can be risky and hazardous’.
As this story unfolds, you will understand why Sam has nothing to eat for a whole week because young Sam and little Lucy didn’t plan anything prior to leaving home. But, on one stormy night, they have a change of fortune, as they get rescued by chimney sweep ‘Pete’ who provides them with heat and something to eat.
Daryl has created an amusing and delightful story with a touch of sadness that children of all ages should enjoy.
|Children's Book / Picture Book
|8.500" x 11.000" (280mm x 216mm)
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