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Gecko Press - August Publisher of the Month

Gecko Press - August Publisher of the Month

Welcome to August and our new Publisher of the Month. Gecko Press, founded in 2005, is an independent publisher of curiously good children's books. We translate and publish books by some of the world's best writers and illustrators. We choose books that are excellent in story, illustration and design, with a strong 'heart factor'.   Gecko publish a wide range of books, covering the ages from baby and toddler right up to older reader books. We will share more over the coming month, but for now here are a few of our favourites.     Throughout August you will be able...

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Frances Lincoln - July Publisher of the Month

Frances Lincoln - July Publisher of the Month

Welcome to July and our new Publisher of the Month blog post! For July we will be featuring the wonderful Frances Lincoln books. Frances Lincoln Publishers was founded by Frances Lincoln in 1977. The company published its first books two years later, and has been creating illustrated books of the highest quality ever since. We have chosen Frances Lincoln for July as they have some great books for the summer, full of activities to try that will get you outdoors. Frances Lincoln books feature in both our Original and Educators range. They include books with stories from cultures around the world:...

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A Rainbow in My Pocket. A Book review by Laura Bland, Story Pot Customer.

A Rainbow in My Pocket. A Book review by Laura Bland, Story Pot Customer.

A Rainbow in My Pocket, a lovely book with a gentle but nonetheless powerful and thought provoking message. Beautiful words surrounded by beautiful gentle pictures that help to tell a magical story of how we can all carry a rainbow in our pocket.   For me this book encompasses the simple thoughts and desires of children and how we should encourage them to dream and allow them to express themselves. The language of the book is gentle and flowing and invites the reader in and encourages the young reader to share their own thoughts and ideas. I read this book...

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Review of The Little Black Fish

Review of The Little Black Fish

The Little Black Fish – reviewed by Caroline Ewans, The Wimbledon Story Pot The Little Black Fish was written by Samad Behrangi, an influential Iranian author and teacher. It is translated from Persian by Azita Rassi. It is a story about a brave little fish who goes against the advice of his mother and the other "moany old fishes" and decides to find out whether there is a wider world beyond his stream. He encounters other creatures along the way, who give him good advice about the dangers he will encounter.  His story is told by an old fish to...

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Tiny Owl - June Publisher of the Month

Tiny Owl - June Publisher of the Month

Welcome to the launch of our new 'Publisher of the Month' at The Story Pot. We wanted to share more about some of our publishers, especially as many are small and relatively unknown. We have a fantastic publisher to start with - Tiny Owl. This publisher features a range of books written and illustrated by Iranian authors and illustrators, and translated in to English. They include fables, poems and traditional tales. To celebrate Tiny Owl in June, we will be sharing some book reviews, and more information on the Tiny Owl range of books. We also have a giveaway where...

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