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The Silver Swan

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A boy living by a Scottish loch sees a beautiful silver swan land on the water. She remains at the loch, mates and there are soon five cygnets too. The boy watches them in awe and pride. When snowy winter sets in, all the birds and animals around the loch must scavenge desperately for food. The fox also has cubs to feed...

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Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 3rd 2001 by Random House (first published October 1st 2000)
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Anne Hamilton
Oct 23, 2012 Anne Hamilton rated it really liked it
Shelves: pseudo-kid-books
It's baffling to me why so many of Michael Morpurgo's stories wind up on the Junior Fiction shelves in my local library. Just because they're short and illustrated.

This is another of his lovely and lyrical, exquisitely poignant tales.

The narrator is fishing for trout in the moonlight when he sees a silver swan land on the loch. He watched her for days, gradually getting close enough to bring her crusts and stroke her neck. A cob arrives and they build a nest.

Foxes arrives. So does the snow. Fi
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Feb 15, 2012 Min Yi Su rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children 1 to 101
This book brought out many raw emotions for me as I read it to my children. It's about love, hate and the healing cycles of life and death... all emotions humans experience through life. I believe it to be very appropriate for children and adults. Life brings forth challenges that may be painful but there is a time for healing too. What better way to illustrate that than through this touching story?
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michael works his magic again. He has a great way of portrying the innocence of childhood.
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this book was very sad we read it in year 4 with my year 4 teacher
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Kind of odd, but fascinating nonetheless. I got into Morpurgo after reading his adaptation of Robin Hood.
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Michael Morpurgo is the author of many books for children, five of which have been made into films. He also writes his own screenplays and libretti for opera. Born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 1943, he was evacuated to Cumberland during the last years of the war, then returned to London, moving later to Essex. After a brief and unsuccessful spell in the army, he took up teaching and started to ...more
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