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by Ju­lia Don­ald­son Il­lus­trated by Cather­ine Rayner

(Macmil­lan £11.99, 32 pp) ThIS is the per­fect pair­ing of two multi-award-win­ning au­thors and il­lus­tra­tors.

Don­ald­son’s rhyming story echoes with rep­e­ti­tion as the bad-tem­pered Go-Away bird re­jects all over­tures of friend­ship, pre­fer­ring to be alone. But when dan­ger threat­ens her, the soli­tary bird learns that iso­la­tion leaves you vul­ner­a­ble, while friend­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tion make each in­di­vid­ual stronger.

Rayner’s stun­ning illustrati­ons of an­i­mals are a joy, and here, her vi­brant colours and creative ex­pres­sions are in full flight. In­ci­den­tally, the Go-Away bird, so called for its distinctiv­e call, is a real South African crea­ture.

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