Longing carries a lone robin home for Christmas in a tender, universal tale that will resonate with families anticipating a joyful holiday reunion.
A plucky robin, lost and alone, sets out on an epic journey, guided only by a call in his heart saying "come home " He wills his wings to beat faster, lifting him over great mountains and dark forests, through blinding blizzards and rolling fog, across the wide, wild sea. Can he find his way back to his family in time for Christmas? Combined with Kerry Hyndman's striking illustrations of the red-breasted bird against a sweeping, snowy terrain, Michael Morpurgo's poetic narrative will stir any reader who has ever yearned to reunite with loved ones or welcome them home.
'Michael Morpurgo has crafted this tale with all his skill and all his love and respect for animals and the way we interact with them. It's a real delight.' - Philip Pullman
Michael Morpurgo OBE is the former Children's Laureate and best-selling author of over 130 books for children, including Private Peaceful, Kensuke's Kingdom, The Butterfly Lion, and War Horse, which first performed at the National Theatre in 2007. Michael, and his wife, Clare, started the charity Farms for City Children, which runs three farms around the country, each offering children and teachers from urban primary schools the chance to live and work in the countryside for a week. www.michaelmorpurgo.com.; Kerry Hyndman is an illustrator and mapmaker. She has a Fine Art degree from Newcastle and a Master's in Illustration from Kingston. In the studio, she works on a range of projects across editorial, advertising and publishing. She has recently illustrated David Long's Survivors (Faber, 2016). Out of the studio she enjoys snowboarding, climbing and cycling. She is also a lecturer in Illustration at Goldsmiths University. www.kerryhyndman.co.uk