The Day We Went to Away9780648702467
Behold, the most beautiful children's adventure story awaits...
"Away, they call it, but no-one's ever been; its mountains, its colours, I've so far not seen."
What is this picture book about?
When we throw things "Away", just where do they go? Haven't you ever wondered if there is, in fact, a place called Away?
Oh, yes, we can tell you - there certainly is! Join us in this captivating children's adventure book, supported by the mind-bendingly beautiful illustrations of Madison Pollard, as we follow one little girl's boundless journey to the distant land of Away.
Journey through the gorgeous wilds of the most hidden corners of our planet, in search of the shaded world of Away, where things are not quite what they seem...
"Imaginative, dreamy, and adventurous, while also being an eye-opening introduction to environmentalism and sustainability." - The Children's Book Review
Who is this book for?
Adventure-lovers chasing a children’s book about protecting the planet's resources, as well as its most special places, will be immediately drawn to this gorgeous story. Even if you'd rather cosy-up by the open fire at home, than rug-up near the campfire on your adventure holiday, you'll still be able to bathe in the beautifully rhyming prose and endearing illustrations of this one of a kind picture book.
Why do we need a kids’ book about throwing rubbish "Away"?
The last 20 years, especially, has seen the rapid rise of The Disposable Generation: so many things are single-use, one-time-only... and so many of them don't need to be. We want to create a conversation with littlies about the mystery place these things go when they're "thrown away", and we want to do it in a way that is inspiring, beautiful, engaging - a way that is special.
Stuart French has achieved the almost-impossible with this life-changing children's picture book. The gentle interweaving of an incredibly powerful moral tale about limiting the waste we create, with an ever-so-beautiful adventure story, is the hallmark achievement of this book.
An excerpt from the story
"Oh, do you know, this place called Away, this place we throw things when they’ve no home to stay? Do you know where it is, this place so far, beyond the light’s reach and the furthest star?
Away, they call it, but no one’s ever been; its mountains, its colours, I’ve so far not seen. Who does live there and what do they know? Do they collect all the things that people throw? Are the mountains made of toys and trash, or are all things recycled and not piled in a stash?
Oh, when can we go to this place called Away, I’ve lent it many things but not learned where they stay? Are the beaches made of plastics and steel, or is the waste cleared away so that nature’s still real?
Tell me, then, why we throw things away? I’m not so sure of the place these things stay. I think it’s a dream, I don’t think it’s real; I know it’s a lie that I won’t conceal.
Oh, join me, then, we’re going Away. Over the hills and deep into days. Through dark forests and trees that sway. Beyond the beauty, and into the grey..."
This is our third book by your author, Stuart French, and it is just as fantastic as the others. We can't really think of anyone else who writes so beautifully. Hurry up and produce more!! P.S. Illustrations are exquisite too. Thank you!!