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May 15 2014

Tom and Tilly fly away by Jedda Robaard

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Black Dog Books, 2014. ISBN 9781922179906.
(Age: Pre school) Warmly recommended. Friends. Adventures. Tom and his friend Tilly have the most amazing adventure. Tom makes a paper plane and together they fly over the roof (the sea of lost things), the garden bed of dandelion (the roaring lions), then the hen house (the fortified fort) as well as the haunted house and the deafening thunderstorm, just missing the rain to be home in time for tea. Each of the things they are involved with will be readily recognised by the audience, and so evoke lots of fun and laughter as they see the joke of the two on their adventure.
Young readers will love seeing the use made of the map, the familiar things in their house and backyard as the pair flies over them all, and be as happy as they to be home for tea.
The instructions for making a paper plane are a fitting end to the story and will make an extended activity once the book is finished.
For classrooms or home activities this will be a boon for reading out loud, for making the plane, and for discussions about maps and travel. Tom and Tilly fly away is the second in the series of books about the pair.
Fran Knight

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