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The silver swan

The silver swan

Morpurgo, Michael; Birmingham, Christian

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... A remarkably dramatic and compassionate story about Nature, magnificently told and stunningly illustrated with sweeping pastel landscapes

Book. English. Children's stories.
Published London : Picture Corgi 2001
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Statement of responsibility: Michael Morpurgo ; illustrated by Christian Birmingham
ISBN: 0552546143, 9780552546140
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2000.
Physical Description: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 24 x 29 cm.
Subject: Death Pictorial works Juvenile fiction.; Children and animals Pictorial works Juvenile fiction.; Loss (Psychology) Pictorial works Juvenile fiction.; Swans Pictorial works Juvenile fiction.

Author note

Michael Morpurgo is one of today's most popular and critically acclaimed children's writers, author of KENSUKE'S KINGDOM and THE WRECK OF THE ZANZIBAR amongst many other titles. He has won a multitude of prizes including the Children's Book Award, the Smarties Prize and the Writer's Guild Award.


A book for the whole family to treasure, the artwork shines with a strangely luminous beauty. A truly wonderful book
Guardian||Moments of rage and poignancy . . . Christian Birmingham's atmospheric pictures powerfully expose the terrible beauty of the real world
Junior Education||Beautifully craftered . . . not a word too many, not a word out of place . . . Birmingham's dramatic images hauntingly recreate the spellbinding text. A masterpiece to be reasured by young and old alike
Carousel||An awe-inspiring and poignant glimpse of nature's inner workings
Publishers Weekly||A chokingly moving, unsentimental story of a boy's attachment to a swan
Literary Review

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'A swan came to my loch one day. A silver swan.'

A thrilling and compassionate tale of a boy's friendship with a swan, exquisitively complemented by dramatic, luminous artwork by Christian Birmingham.

'A truly wonderful book' Guardian

'A masterpiece to be treasured by young and old alike' Carousel

'An awe-inspiring and poignant glimpse of nature's inner workings' Publishers Weekly