Home of the Wild

Home of the Wild
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October 18, 2021
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"A house is not a home for wild things;
wild things need to run, and soar, and swim."

In the quiet dawn of the spring forest a boy finds an orphan fawn, hungry and alone. He carefully carries her home, caring for her while she grows strong. The boy and the fawn become inseparable. Together they spend long summer days running through the valley, leaping over the heather, and lying in the dappled sunlight.

But the young deer is a wild thing and too soon she is ready to discover a home of her own. The boy misses his friend and worries for her when a big storm threatens. Can the boy and the fawn find each other again? Are some bonds stronger than goodbye?

Lyrical and atmospheric, this beautiful picture book by award-winning author Louise Greig and emerging illustrator J�lia Moscard� is an uplifting story of belonging, the enduring connection between humans and nature, and a tender lesson in learning when to let go of those you love

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lush picture book about kindness and connection
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HOME OF THE WILD is an absolutely gorgeous story of friendship and kindness. Told in a lyrical poem, the reader learns of a boy who rescues animals from the wild and helps them to heal. He has found a fawn all alone and brings it home. He helps to nurse it, and as his mother reminds him, he knows that eventually the fawn will have to return to the wild. He names it Alba, and they becomes very close.

However, the day comes when Alba must return to the wild. The boy is very sad to lose his friend. When a storm rolls in, he fears for the fawn and seeks her, but finds himself lost instead. When he calls out for help, it is Alba who hears his call and helps to return him home. They will be forever connected by the bond they share, though physically apart.

What I loved: This is such a beautiful story of kindness, connection, and the bond between humans and animals. The story is really lovely, and the flow is really perfect. The lush poetry captures all the beauty and magic that is formed between them and remains even when separated. It flows off the tongue perfectly and is pleasing when read aloud. The illustrations are majestic and really gorgeous, capturing each scene with plenty of detail and color schemes that reflect the emotions and heart of the story. This was such a beautiful story that will appeal both to children and adults.

Final verdict: With lush illustrations and poetry, HOME OF THE WILD is a stunning picture book read about kindness, connection, and enduring friendship.
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