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Category: Boxer Books

Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon Tellegen , illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg

A collection of special letters…

Winner of the Marsh Award 2011 for Children’s Literature in Translation. Translated by Martin Cleaver. In this newly formatted edition of Letters to Anyone and Everyone, Toon Tellegen conjures up a world where the creatures of the earth can send a letter to the sun (and get an answer); where you can actually write a letter to a letter; and where just writing something down can make it true. Perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg’s delicate illustrations.

Ever since I received this book it has stayed by my sofa. It is so delightfully calm and intuitive. The idea of writing a letter and receiving a wonderful reply is so stunning. Wouldn’t that go some way to solving some of the worlds’ problems!! ( Don’t quote me on that one!)

The tortoise for instance, who had a problem as he woke up to discover he was in a hurry! So he wrote to snail, who replied…

Dearest Tortoise,

That is a tragedy for you. It’s so cruel when you’re in a hurry. Fight your way out of it and defeat it. Fold it into an insignificant ball, then bury it in the ground. Above all, keep your cool, If you and I lose cool, what then?

The snail.

What a joy! Heartfelt and emotive, great for learning about empathy.

The new hardback edition with bookmarking ribbon is a wonderful book to have and that is why I and others in the family keep reading it again and again.

Written by Toon Tellegen is a Dutch writer, poet, and physician, known for children’s books, especially those featuring anthropomorphised animals. The illustrator, Jessica Ahlberg studied at Winchester School of Art and illustrated many books for children. She lives in Brighton and is the daughter of Janet and Allen Ahlberg.

Published by Boxer Books, this edition is an excellent part of their increasing and beautiful portfolio.

Sue Martin Children’s Literacy Specialist

Whose Tracks In The Snow? By Alexandra Milton

Author &Illustrator of Who is in the Egg?…

A great natural history picture book introducing children to animal tracks.

In the huge big field, there are tracks in the snow. Who left the tracks in the huge, big field? A fast-running hare, speeding back to his home. Or is it hares or  ducks, foxes or deer?

An informative and special picture book by Alexandra Milton. Studying Art and English in Paris before moving to England and working as a primary school teacher, Alexandra is now a full time illustrator and successful author. The illustrations are captivating and perfectly represent fields and countryside in the snow. On each page there is a clue in the corner guiding you to the possible animal.

A great resource for discovery and a charming book for all interested in nature.

Published by Boxer Books on 3rd November 2022, Whose Tracks in the Snow joins a wonderfully enchanting portfolio of children’s books.

A perfect book to buy at Christmas or any time through the winter.

Sue Martin – Children’s Literacy Specialist

Stories Across the World…

The Story Collector Series written & illustrated by Jane Ray.

The perfect gift to make a child’s imagination soar!’ Shirley Hughes OBE

Stunning books in paperback gift design covers . Their eye catching design and illustrations are wonderful. They are compelling and intriguing, The stories know by many are brought to life  and will stay with you forever. Three books newly published by Boxer Books on 27th October 2022.

The Emperor’s Nightingale and Other Feathery Tales This is the first extraordinary volume of tales collected, retold and illustrated by Jane Ray, one of the world’s leading artists of stunning picture books. It includes many favourites such as The Happy Prince, The Owl and The Pussy Cat, and lesser known, but equally enjoyable stories such as Jorinda and Joringel.

Whale Song, Ballad of John Silver and many more…

The Little Mermaid and Other Fishy Tales

The  second magnificent volume of tales collected, retold and illustrated by Jane Ray. It includes something for everyone: The Fisherman and His Wife; Whalesong; The Lobster Quadrille, A Ballad of John Silver and many more.

The Lion and the Unicorn and Other Hairy Tales

The third volume in Jane Ray’s stunning story collection featuring The Lion and The Unicorn, Brer Wolf, The Singing Ringing Tree, Theseus and the Minotaur and many more. Beautifully illustrated and designed with stories that keep you turning the pages. A perfect gift.

Jane Ray has been illustrating and writing children’s books for 25 years and has a special interest in folk and fairy tales. As well as her wonderful picture books she has designed cards and book jackets plus fabrics for Liberty. In 2018, she was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

If you are looking for gifts for Christmas these books are perfect for young and older too.

If you are in education Jane has a myriad of activities and information will can be shared and enable the perfect back drop for enabling sharing of myths and legends or for creating your own stories.

Sue Martin Children’s Literacy Specialist

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