|Published by: Frances Lincoln, LONDON UKIllustrated by Jude DalyThe Faraway Island is set on a remote island in the middle of the ocean, often shrouded in mist and lashed by the Atlantic rollers. When an unhappy sailor jumps ship and swims ashore to St Helena in 1515, he begins a secret garden on the tiny, uninhabited, barren island ‘further away from anywhere than anywhere else in the world.’ Soon the island is filled with exotic fruit… lemons, bananas, pineapples and pomegranates as well as peacock and guinea fowl. Who is responsible for turning it into paradise? The Queen of Portugal needs to know.
The story works particularly well for children in Year 1 and 2 as it fits in with themes of maps and oceans and exotic plants and animals from other regions. It also covers exploration and sailing ships in the 16th century as well as clothing and jewellery and styles of the period. For more details see Schools and Workshops Reviews:‘an engaging story of what it means to be happy’ Lorna Bradbury, The Daily Telegraph
‘Jude Daly’s delicate pastel coloured artwork perfectly compliment the gentle tale of a lonely man’s search for happiness in this beautifully crafted book.’ Richard Monte, Carousel
‘offers an enticing image of paradise whose inhabitants unlike in the Bible…. are not ejected’ Pat Pinset IBBY Link
Dutch – C. de Vries-Brouwers, Antwerp Rotterdam.
Catalan – Art Blume, Barcelona, Spain.
Spanish – Art Blume, Barcelona, Spain.
Korean – Daekyo
Japanese – Mitsumura Educational, Tokyo, Japan