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The Girl With The Parrot On Her Head

Isabel has a best friend named Simon, who is very good with newts. But one day Simon moves away in a truck and never comes back. For a while Isabel hates everything and decides it's better to be by herself. After all, she has a parrot who likes to sit on her head, and she has a system, sorting all the things in her room into boxes.

But now she faces a new problem: the parrot worries about the box that is full of wolves, and Isabel secretly worries too. Can Chester, a boy who has a way with umbrellas and sticky tape, help? With simple illustrations full of touching, kid-friendly details, Daisy Hirst's debut picture book is sure to make many new friends.


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"Hirst's childlike, screen-printed illustrations depict Isabel, Simon, and Chester as preschoolers immersed in imaginative play, and while no mention is made of their ethnicity, they share the same skin tones as the cardboard boxes with which they play. A limited palette of primarily reds and blues set against copious white space allows readers to focus on Isabel's emotional journey, and seamlessly blends her imaginary life with the real world. This gentle story of navigating change has surprising layers of complexity and is sure to spark discussion in classrooms and public library programs." — Chelsea Couillard-Smith, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 3 - 6
Author Daisy Hirst
Illustrator Daisy Hirst
ISBN 0763678295
Publication Date Apr 26, 2016
Publisher Candlewick
Language English