Blog tour: ‘By Ash, Oak and Thorn,’ by Melissa Harrison, illustrated by Lauren O’Hara.

Today I am sharing a wild, enchanting adventure steeped in the ancient magic of nature, written by award-winning novelist Melissa Harrison. Her books have the common purpose of trying to connect readers with the natural world and this is her children’s novel debut for readers aged 9+

‘Three tiny, ancient beings – Moss, Burnet and Cumulus, once revered as Guardians of the Wild World – wake from winter hibernation in their beloved ash tree home.

When it is destroyed, they set off on an adventure to find more of their kind, a journey which takes them first into the deep countryside and then the heart of a city.

Helped along the way by birds and animals, the trio search for a way to survive and thrive in a precious yet disappearing world …’

This glorious book has a certain kind of magic about. The kind of magic that makes you want to head out into the wilds and truly experience the myriad of wonders the natural world holds. As I started reading, I was immediately conjured into a world of spider silk sleeping bags, bat-skin tents, and cheesy-bobs. Of wild hedgerows and babbling streams and woodland clearings.

I love that it explores the connection we have to our environment and the impact humans have had upon it. This story could well be used to open up some interesting discussions about conservation and protecting habitats with children. It is sure to pique an interest in the plants, birds, and creatures found living in a child’s local environment, getting them to think about the type of world they want to live in as adults and how they can help shape this.

A wonderful book which reads like a future classic – it has the perfect balance of adventure, magic, and little sparkles of humour to capture the imaginations of its audience and transport them a whole new world within our world.

I have TWO copies of this wonderful book to give away! Head over to my Twitter account and look for the pinned tweet (U.K. only.)

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Chicken House for inviting me to be a part of this blog tour*

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