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Striking, surreal illustrations and a haunting, evocative text tell a mysterious tale of a threatened natural world—and a hopeful new start.
Once, the only sounds to be heard were the buzzing of bees in the grass, the murmuring of moles in the earth, and the song of birds in the sky. These warmed the hearts of those who cared to listen—until the others came to fill the sky with buildings and the air with a cacophony of noise. With dramatically lit artwork and a spare, intriguing text, Varmints tells of a pastoral world in need of protection and of the souls who love it enough to ensure its regeneration. Includes vellum pages and French flaps as part of a gorgeous paperback design.
An old man, wary of other people, looks after many neglected and strange animals on his lonely hill-top shack. Across the valley, the townspeople are fearful of the old man. When a huge deluge of rain turns the man's hill into an island, the actions of one brave boy save the man and his animals, and bring harmony to the valley.
Favourite animal tales and fables retold and illustrated in Helen Ward's inimitable style.