The debut children’s book from bestselling novelist Jenny Colgan will capture the hearts of many a reader both young and old.
Awoken by a sudden crash in the middle of the night, Polly is surprised to find an injured little puffin lying on the floor. Together, at their cottage by the sea, Polly and her mum look after the bird and nurse it back to health. But what will Polly do when the time comes to say goodbye and her feathered friend must return to his own flock…
Polly and the Puffin is an adorable early reader about the gentle relationship between a girl and the puffin that she rescues. Beautifully written by Jenny Colgan and with charming illustrations by Thomas Docherty, young readers will quickly fall in love with Neil the iced-bun eating puffin.
The friendship between Neil and Polly is filled with heart-warming moments as the sprightly little bird hops, flutters, swims, plays, sleeps and eats his way to recovery. The kind and caring Polly by him every step of the way and regularly offering up a gentle ruffling of his feathers before bedtime.
Not only is the story completely endearing, it teaches children that wild animals sometimes need caring for and require the helping hand of a human. And whilst puffins are not be treated as pets, one like Neil may well treat you like a new best friend. Colgan imparts some lovely lessons on caring for and respecting nature and the need to let things go.
Plenty of added bonus content can be found in the second half of the book; some very tasty recipes, fascinating puffin facts, jokes to make you groan and smile and instructions for making a treat for birds.
For more adventures with Polly and Neil, look out for the three other titles in the series.
Recommended for 5+.