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When the Storks Came Home

Authored by Isabella Tree
Illustrated by Alexandra Finkeldey
Published by The Ivy Press

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It’s universally known that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but there is something so heart-warming about the cover of When the Storks Came Home. Published on recycled paper, When the Storks Came Home is a stunningly illustrated book that shares good story telling with a powerful message about conservation and getting to know our natural environment.

In this story, we meet a young girl called Beanie who is enamoured by birds. She discovers that her village used to be home to beautiful white storks before they were hunted to extinction. Through her thirst for knowledge, passion for the cause and sheer determination to reintroduce the birds, Beanie works with her neighbours and the local nature reserve to bring back the storks.

An uplifting, fictionalised retelling of the successful reintroduction of the white stork at the Knepp Estate in West Sussex. This is a great read for children interested in wildlife, nature reserves and young environmentalists.