Coralie Bickford-Smith

The Song of the Tree
  • The Song of the Tree

  • **Nominated for the 2021 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal**

    'Heart-warming ... a celebration of the world around us at a time when we need it the most'
    Creative Review

    Bird loves to sing in the towering tree at the heart of the jungle. It feels like home.
    When the season changes she must say goodbye, but she isn't ready to let go.

    Award-winning designer Coralie Bickford-Smith takes us on a lyrical and enchanting journey with Bird and her animal friends. Exploring vibrant woodlands and magical night-time skies, we fly with Bird through every page and learn the story of the tree and what will happen when it is time for Bird to go.

    Beautifully illustrated and lovingly told, The Song of the Tree speaks to the universal search for belonging and reminds us of the importance of community, friendship and the natural world.

    'Exquisite ... vivid ... each page feels alive' Observer

    'Wonderful, poetic ... a beautiful telling of a universal theme' Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading

Coralie Bickford-Smith is a designer at Penguin Books. Her book covers have been recognised by the AIGA in the United States and D&AD in the UK, and have featured in numerous international magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Vogue and the Guardian. Her work on the clothbound series with Penguin Classics attracted worldwide attention and harks back to the world of Victorian book bindings. She has been asked to exhibit and speak about her work in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Portugal and the US. The Fox and the Star is her first book, inspired by William Blake's Eternity and the graphic work of William Morris.

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