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Polly and the North Star

Polly Horner

5 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, Picture Books

Polly s dreams take her to her father at the North Pole, in a remarkable first picture book

Polly's father has gone to the North Pole. Every night she looks out of the window
and follows the Great Bear to the North Star, so she can say goodnight to him. Then she reads to Sirius, her wolfdog, about the animals and places her father is trying to protect. And when she goes to sleep her dreams take Polly to the Arctic.

But on the night her father is due to return, there is a storm and he fails to arrive. When Polly closes her eyes she is in the midst of a blizzard in the Arctic with Sirius. The polar bears and wolves help her find her father, unconscious but still alive. And when Polly wakes up at home, her father is holding her in his arms.

Polly Horner is both artist and storyteller. Her illustrations are dreamlike and evocative, with wonderful Arctic scenes. The bond between father and daughter gives a powerful charge to an unusually strong story.

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Praise for Polly and the North Star

  • A 'star' book in every sense - School Librarian, Summer 2003

  • ?combines truth and magic in a strange and striking way. Drawn with great dexterity, Polly and the North Star transports the reader to wild ice-clad landscapes and entails a heart-stopping adventure before its touching resolution. - The Sunday Times, 1 Dec 02 - Nicolette Jones

  • ?superbly painted scenes inhabited by affable polar bears, owls and wolves. - Families South East, Nov/Dec 02

  • The clear text and thrilling pictures carry complex messages which are sure to set young minds wondering. - Junior Education

  • Welcome to a brand new talent. Father and daughter stories are still a rarity and this one is a gem with Horner's dreamlike vibrant swirling watercolours - The Herald, 30 Nov 02

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