"The Bog Baby is a really lovely story that is…"
The Bog Baby is a really lovely story that is quite traditional in its sentiment and subject matter. The illustrations by Gwen Millward are really lovely and pretty (hence I think this story is a great one for girls and younger boys - my older son is going off it a bit now he's nearing five) and I particularly love the detail in the bluebell covered woods.
The story centres on two best friends who go down to visit a magic pond where they find the bog baby - a small blue creature with wings like a dragon. They smuggle him home and look after him as best they can - loving him very much. But the bog baby is a wild thing, and he becomes sick in captivity, so mum is let in on the secret and she helps the girls return him to his pond - remembering that she also used to look for bog babies as a girl.
Jeanne Willis' story is very simple but full of poignancy. It is narrated by one of the two girls and at the end, we jump forward in time and realise it has been an adult voice remembering her childhood experience. There is a sense of family tradition, and of the cyclical nature of life as each generation ventures out searching for these magic creatures as if it was the first. But most of all the story is about letting go of the things that you love.
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"A lovely story about two little girls who go fishing…"
A lovely story about two little girls who go fishing one day and catch a Bog Baby. They take him home and keep him in a bucket and feed him cake crumbs and take him for a walk on a lead, but no matter how much they love him the Bog Baby is sad because he is not meant to live in a bucket and eat cake crumbs. Reluctantly the sisters go back to the pond to let him go and the Bog Baby is happy again.
Beautifully illustrated. My daughter (4.1) loves this and so do I!Read moreLess