A story in three movements, told by three voices – a lyrics tale of family, love and determination.
I say: This made me smile in that way I only smile when something is sweet and just right. It’s a children’s book so there isn’t much to say about the writing in itself, but the illustrations were wonderful.
In a way I loved this story; the way Olly, Matt and the swallows lives were tied together, but at the same time I didn’t like the simplicity of it all. Yes, I understand that for the targeted demographic this is wonderful, but for me it left a little to be desired.
Having said that, Morpurgo talks about the life of the orphans in Africa without sugarcoating or patronizing the reader; these things are happening every day and I do love the way he shows the many different ways one can help – Matt’s being one.
I know virtually nothing about children’s books, and it says nothing about age on the cover, but I’d probably have read this at 7 or 8.