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Feeling Hopeful

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It's the captivating world of the library that ultimately saves the day in this incredibly unique story, brought to life through utterly gorgeous artwork...

Recommended ages: for 0 - 6yrs old

Author: Laura Wippell

Illustrator: Stella Mongodi

Format: Hardcover


What is this picture book about? 

Far above the world, Hope the Dragon somersaults through the sky, protecting those below. But he encounters a formidable opponent in Fear, a monstrous creature that haunts little boys and girls everywhere.

Hope tries to devour Fear, but he does not succeed. Defeating Fear will take much more than a breath of fire and a gnash of teeth, so Hope enlists the help of a wise old creature, the Reader.

And it is inside the Reader's vast library that Hope finds what he is looking for, plus much more...

Praise for Feeling Hopeful

"I love this illustrator! Such a magical book." Bookworm Mom.
"If there's a problem, the answer is in a book. An important reminder about the pivotal importance of learning and reading." Get Kids Booked.
"More stunning artwork, coupled with a really unique and intriguing story." The Quiet Librarian.

An excerpt from the story

"Hope somersaulted across the blue sky.
His scales shone in the warm sunlight,
And the clouds happily bobbed after him.

Far below Hope, the world seemed amiss.
Fear was everywhere, but it looked and felt different for everyone.

Hope could not stand the grey, fearful world he saw beneath his rainbow snout.
He was hunting Fear.

Hope glimpsed Heidi many miles below on her parents’ farm.
She was watching her thirsty animals search for water.
Hope saw Fear hoist its huge body on top of Heidi’s head and bounce up and down..."

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Ashleigh Herbert

Beautifully written and illustrated!

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