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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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