An unlikely friendship between Miss Bandari and Mr Magarmach forms when the pair meet under the great plum tree, deep in the heart of India. Mr Magarmach is old and his hunting days are over but Miss Bandari loves hearing his stories as they munch plums together. One day their friendship is tested but with courage, trust and forgiveness they discover that living happily together tastes just as sweet as Miss Bandari’s golden plums.

The story of the monkey and the crocodile is a fable from the Panchatantra, an ancient Indian collection of animal fables dated to 300 BCE. But it’s a tale from around the world and versions can be found in Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, China, Japan and the Caribbean.

The year is 1717. The newly discovered island of Pangaea is the most dangerous place on Earth, where dinosaurs still walk the land – Sophie Delacourt has been sent to Pangaea to stay with her uncle. But little does she know its perils – for Pangaea is a lawless wilderness, teeming with cut-throat pirates! Kidnapped and imprisoned, Sophie must escape from the ruthless Captain Brookes and embark upon an epic journey, to find her way home


1. Pritt stick glue

2. Coloured tissue paper (light green, dark green, blue, and yellow or orange)

3. One sheet of tracing paper

4. Safety scissors


1. Make sure you have your glue, tissue paper, tracing paper and scissors ready.

2. Choose a jungley colour from your tissue paper and cut out some leafy shapes. Try and cut out small leaves AND bigger leaves.

3. Start glueing the leaves down onto your tracing paper, making a collage of jungle leaves.

4. Choose another two or three jungle colours and cut out some more leafy shapes from them. Glue them all down onto your page and try to layer and overlap the leaves as much as possible.

5. Now find your orange or yellow tissue paper, and cut out a round circle for the sun. Tip: find an object to draw around to get a nice round circle (like a jam jar or a cup).

6. Stick your bright sun onto the tracing paper ANYWHERE you like.

7. Now all you have to do is find a way to hang it in front of a window, so the sun can shine through and illuminate it!

An alphabet book that serves as a lyrical introduction to a rainbow of plumages from the Bird Kingdom. In this stunningly illustrated introduction to the world’s most beautiful birds, Jean Roussen and Emmanuelle Walker pay homage to an alphabet of birds in all their feathery fancies. From Warblers to Blue-tits and Kakapos to Owls, Roussen’s playful poem is complemented beautifully by Walker’s delicate illustrations.