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Pooka: Even The Smallest Seed Can Make a Difference

Alison Murray

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An empowering tale about believing in yourself no matter how small you may feel.

Nina is a small girl living in a BIG city. She loves her home, but she has a secret wish... It begins as a niggle in her tummy, then it grows to an ache in her heart, until one day it grows so much she can no longer contain it:

"I wish this city could be different!" she shouts.

But what can Nina do? She's only small and small things don't count. Then she hears a little voice at her feet...
"Everything starts with something small."

Visually striking and sensitively told, Pooka is the story of one small girl who is empowered by a visit from a magical nature sprite to positively transform her city.

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Alison Murray

Alison Murray grew up in Lanarkshire near Glasgow and studied Textile Design at Glasgow School of Art. After graduating she moved to London and did a variety of jobs, including working as a bookseller and rug designer, before completing a MA in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University. Having co-founded a successful interactive media company, Alison moved back to Scotland where she now works as a full-time illustrator. She has a string of successful picture books to her name, including Hare and Tortoise and Apple Pie ABC, both shortlisted for the Scottish Children's Book Awards, and Dino Duckling. Alison lives in Glasgow with her husband and their dog.

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