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By continuing to browse the site you accept our Cookie Policy, you can change your settings at any time. Not available. This item has been added to your basket View basket Checkout. Something was approaching the burrow. Something deadly. Something that made Sylvan's fur bristle with fear Knowing their lives are under threat, Sylvan and his brother and sisters have no choice but to abandon their burrow for ever.

Together they set out on an epic journey along the Great River; but with dangers lurking at every turn, will they ever find a safe place to call home? Adventurous, exciting, and bursting with charming illustrations - this is a book you'll want to treasure for ever. Added to basket. Head Kid. David Baddiel.

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Alice Oseman. But in the event, Tom Moorhouse carries it off well. Certainly it is no epic on the scale of Watership Down - but then water voles are very small. Its theme, like Adam's classic and Colin Dann's Animals of Farthing Wood , is a quest for a new home in the face of danger. However, here the danger does not come from the activities of man. Rather - and this is particularly effective - the danger is from within the animal world. It is the danger posed by the appearance of mink, a very real threat to indigenous wild life, such as water voles.

Of course, there is always the problem of how the animals themselves will be portrayed. Moorhouse has adopted the convention of partial anthropomorphism. Here the water voles are given names, characters and a self awareness but their lives and actions are dictated by the habits of their species. Young readers are introduced to a very real world where nature, even the habitat which nurtures, can be cruel, sometimes fatal, through characters to whom they can relate.


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Though always water voles in behaviour, Sylvan, Fern, Aven , and Orris, are also recognisable through lively dialogue and their reaction to situations. As well as danger, there is kindness, too, and young readers will enjoy Sylvan's friendship with a rat "talkers, charmers, not to be trusted" called Fodur and what that relationship teaches about the need to keep an open mind.

The fine illustrations by Simon Mendez complement the words, and the book's cover, with calligraphy by Carol Kemp, is lovely. Moon Bear, by Gill Lewis: review. Malorie Blackman is a great choice to inspire children. The River Singers is a compassionate celebration of nature and a gripping story. It's uplifting and sad and Moorhouse takes you right into a world of creatures "as sweet as apples and as brief as day".

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