The Silver Swan
An exquisite picture book, telling the romantic story of a family of swans and the boy who watches over them.
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.
Praise for The Silver Swan
Beautiful, with its heart-stopping exquisite, smoky blue illustrations.Guardian
Pooling their considerable talents once again, Morpurgo and Birmingham craft a superb picture book about a boy, a special swan and the sometimes cruel realities of nature. Morpurgo's sharp observations trace the cucles of the natural world with a bittersweet beauty. His words take wing with Birmingham's pastels. Plying light and shadow to echo the story's shifting moods, the artist blends and blurs colours in a series of breathtaking impressionistic images. An awe-inspiring and poignant glimpse of nature's inner workings.Publishers Weekly
A book for the whole family to treasure, the artwork shines with a strangely luminous beauty. A truly wonderful book.Guardian
The drama, grandeur, and harsh realitites of nature are exquisitively captured in this truly beautiful and remarkable book as it follows a silver swan on her sometimes cruel, but always moving, journey through life.Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk
Moments of rage and poignancy...Christian Birmingham's atmospheric pictures powerfully expose the terrible beauty of the real world'Junior Education
A chokingly moving, unsentimental story of a boy's attachment to a swan.Literary Review
Has a haunting, elegaic quality. Christian Birmingham has caught beautifully the mood of a deep-frozen Scottish lake.Scottish herald
This entrancing story, brought to life with the skill of a master storyteller, is beautifully craftered...not a word too many, not a word out of place. And the breaktaking illustrations... Birmingham's dramatic images hauntingly recreate the spellbinding text. A masterpiece to be reasured by young and old alike.Carousel
Poetical, magical, mystical...this is a great read.lidsdomain.co.uk
The writing and the illustrations are both outstanding...a compassionate book.Bereavement Care