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Home of the Wild

October 2021
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    18th October 2021
  • ISBN 9781782507130
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 10.6" x 9.8"

“A house is not a home for wild things;
wild things need to run and soar and swim.”

In the quiet dawn of the spring forest a boy finds an orphan fawn, hungry and alone. He carefully carries her home, caring for her while she grows strong. The boy and the fawn become inseparable. Together they spend long summer days running through the glen, leaping over the heather, and lying in the dappled sunlight.

But the young deer is a wild thing and too soon she is ready to discover a home of her own.
The boy misses his friend and worries for her when a big storm threatens. Can the boy and the fawn find each other again? Are some bonds stronger than goodbye?

Lyrical and atmospheric, this beautiful picture book—written by award-winning author Louise Greig and illustrated by Júlia Moscardó—is an uplifting story of belonging, the enduring connection between humans and nature, as well as a tender lesson about learning when to let go of those you love.

(Ages 4–7 years)

“In the quiet dawn of the spring forest, a boy finds an orphan fawn. An uplifting, lyrical story of wildness and belonging, against the evocative backdrop of the Scottish mountains.”
The Bookseller

“Although set in Scotland, this story could occur anywhere with tree-covered hills and valleys, deer, and humans with caring hearts.... Lyrical language and realistic illustrations honor the natural world and a loving relationship.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A gentle boy encounters a lonely fawn while he's traipsing through the woods he loves. He ‘whispers into soft velvet, “I'll carry you home.”’ His mother cautions him that he'll have free Alba, once she's strong enough to go. Until then, though: Alba is his delightful new companion, and the bond they form is strong. Soft, attentive illustrations contribute to the soothing atmosphere of this lovely story about caring for the world around us, which cares for us in return.”
Foreword Reviews

“A magical tale of home, friendship, love, the call of the wild and letting go, which is sure to leave not only your little ones, but you feeling all warm and fuzzy.... The lyrical words of Louise Greig dance off your tongue in gentle rippling whispers as you tell the tale of the small boy and delicate fawn. Júlia Moscardó’s illustrations so perfectly bring the story even more vividly to life and marry with the rhythm of the story in complete harmony.... I still can't believe that this is Júlia’s debut picture book as her images have such timeless, ethereal wonder depicting this magical place on Earth. The affection between boy and fawn exudes out of each image leaving your heart full...”
Busy Busy Learning

“I found myself connecting with this story on an emotional level... At its heart it is a story of a boy’s care for a wild creature, and a recognition of the wilderness in us all. Greig is a poet from Aberdeen, and I’d argue that the book demands to be read aloud, to fully appreciate the magic of her words. A gentle picture book to soothe the soul.”
Barbara Henderson, for What's on North

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Praise for Louise Greig:

“She weaves magic with every word.”
The Herald

“Greig's soaring, unrhymed poetry, creates a sense of night’s scale, richness and enveloping magic.”
The Guardian on The Night Box

“A breathtaking, quiet story.”
Times Literary Supplement on Between Tick and Toc

Louise Greig

Louise Greig is a multi-award–winning poet and author born in Scotland. She has been featured on shortlists for several major children's book awards, including the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Inspired by the Scottish landscape and the company of animals, Louise's picturebooks include The Island and the Bear (Floris Books), and Kate Greenaway nominated The Night Box (Egmont). She lives in Aberdeen with her rescue greyhound Smoky.