Wednesday, March 13, 2024

A Swift Return


Aria has her head in the clouds. Yusuf keeps his feet on the ground. But when they work together to save a bird who has lost her way, something magical happens.

When Swift loses her way on her epic migration, Aria and Yusuf come to her rescue and are inspired to think big about looking after the sky above their city.

Inspired by Fiona and Howard’s love for wildlife of all kinds, A Swift Return is the follow-up to Setsuko and the Song of the Sea. Howard’s beautiful illustrations evoke a strong sense of place, strengthened by the beautiful Arabic text distilled by Maysoon AbuBlan.

Book source ~ TWR Blog Tour
Fiona Barker ~ Author
Howard Gray ~ Illustrator
Childrens | Nature
22 February 2024
27 Pages

My Rating ~ 4 bites

Aria and Yusuf help a swift recover and become friends in the process.

This is a beautifully illustrated book with a wonderful story. Helping something helpless brings two strangers together and they become friends who go to school each morning and explore the city after. They help the swift take flight once again and gain a wonderful friendship with shared interests.

Fiona is a middle-aged, married mum of one. She is positively potty about picturebooks; reading them and writing them. When writing, she longs for alliterative loveliness but is reluctant to rhyme. When reading, she looks for a marriage of words and artwork and loves anything that is fun to read aloud.

Fiona loves doing school author visits and speaking to adults about picture books and children's publishing.