Author: Tom Moorhouse
A beautifully written tale that gently respects and evokes the cycles and wonders of nature.
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?
This exciting and beautifully-illustrated animal adventure has the makings of a future children’s classic.
Reading level: Oxford Level 16–17 | Book Band: Dark Blue, Dark Red
Gill Lewis, author – ‘Just the sort of book I would have loved as a child.’
Hannah Thomson, Schools Library Service Advisor – ‘There is a wonderful sense of place within the pages of this book, with a real idea of how a riverbed works and the careful balance of its ecosystem. This is gently weaved into a delightful story that the reader soon loses themselves within.’
This books lends itself to further classroom discussions about the environment. Children could create a display that focuses on life cycles and the riverbed. A great text for more confident readers in Years 5 and 6, but also for use as a shared class text.
NOTE: Although handled very sensitively, there is some peril and death of animals.