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A magical and thought-provoking storybook by Pamela Allen about the nature of freedom. A truly beautiful and haunting story for school-age children that will stay in the mind of readers long after the covers are closed.

In a little house in a dark forest, a toymaker lives all alone.  One day, a small brown bird bears the magic sounds of the toymaker's violin, and flies down to him.

Together they make music so enchanting that even the trees shiver and murmur in wonder.

From one of Australia's favourite picture-book creators comes a hauntingly beautiful tale of freedom and love.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    April 24, 2013

    Picture Puffin

    32 pages

    RRP $14.99

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Also by Pamela Allen

Who Sank The Boat?
Alexander's Outing
A Bag and a Bird
Mr McGee and the Elephants
Hetty's Day Out
Who Sank the Boat? and Other Stories
The Big Fish
The Man With the Messy Hair
One Sunday
Fat Ferdie
The Little Old Man Who Looked Up At The Moon
My Buggy Book of Animals
Where's The Gold?
Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella
Shhh! Little Mouse
Is Your Grandmother A Goanna?
Mr McGee and the Perfect Nest
Mr McGee and the Big Bag of Bread
The Potato People
Grandpa and Thomas
Inside Mary Elizabeth's House
Can You Keep a Secret?
Mr McGee & the Perfect Nest
The Pear in the Pear Tree


Are We There Yet?
We're All Wonders
Where is The Green Sheep?
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
Where's Spot?
Book With No Pictures
Who Sank The Boat?
Koala Lou
There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake
Baby Bedtime
Peppa Pig: All About Peppa
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit Board Book
One Small Island
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Tiddalick the Frog Who Caused a Flood
The Story About Ping
Hide and Seek
Chocolate Cake