To get you in the mood for our Through the Woods themed box, we've put together a list of five other fantastic reads. These titles are a feast for the senses, they will take you into worlds beyond the woods, on wild adventures, and will leave your little readers with thought provoking ecological messages.
1 | BY ASH, OAK AND THORN by MELISSA HARRISON:
Three tiny, ancient beings – Moss, Burnet and Cumulus, once revered as Guardians and caretakers of the Wild World – wake from winter hibernation in their beloved ash tree home. But when it is destroyed, they set off on an adventure to find more of their kind, a journey which takes them first into the deep countryside and then the heart of a city. Helped along the way by birds and animals, the trio search for a way to survive and thrive in a precious yet disappearing world....
2 | OCTOBER, OCTOBER by KATYA BALEN:
October and her dad live in the woods. They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends. They live in the woods and they are wild. And that's the way it is. Until the year October turns eleven. That's the year October rescues a baby owl. It's the year Dad falls out of the biggest tree in their woods. The year the woman who calls herself October's mother comes back. The year everything changes.
3 | THE WILD ROBOT BY PETER BROWN:
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is - but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a fierce storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realises that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island's unwelcoming animal inhabitants.
4 | CRESS WATERCRESS by GREGORY MACUIRE:
An animal adventure about growing up, moving on and finding community. When Papa doesn't return from a nocturnal honey-gathering expedition, Cress holds out hope, but her mother assumes the worst. It's a dangerous world for rabbits, after all. Mama moves what's left of the Watercress family to the basement unit of the Broken Arms, a run-down apartment oak with a suspect owl landlord, a nosy mouse superintendent, a rowdy family of squirrels and a pair of songbirds who broadcast everyone's business. Can a dead tree full of annoying neighbours, and no Papa, ever be home?
5 | WHERE THE WORLD TURNED WILD BY NICOLD PENFOLD:
A gripping adventure with a subtly delivered ecological message, Penfold's beautiful novel pits a pair of resourceful siblings against ruthless human forces and the awesome dangers of an unknowable wilderness. When it is discovered that the siblings provide the key to fighting a deadly disease, the pair must flee for their lives. As they journey into the unknown, they soon learn that there's cruelty in nature as well as beauty. Will they ever find the home they're searching for?
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