Book Review, Picture Books

The Cockatoo from Timbuktu

The Cockatoo from Timbuktu by William A.E. Ford and illustrated by Ramile M. Imac is a delightful picture book that takes children on a journey around the world!

Little Kian, the cockatoo, lives in a zoo. Even though he spends all day singing, he is sad. He misses his mum and dad and wants nothing more than to escape and fly home to them. One day, he gets his chance and flies out of the aviary, away from the zoo and begins his journey home.

Readers are taken with Kian on an adventure around the world. From Antarctica to India to London to Rio to Africa, children are shown the landscape, plants and animals of each of these diverse locations. At the back of the book, a fantastic map traces the journey so children can build the bigger picture in their minds.

Words and pictures go hand in hand to teach and inspire. There is so much to see on each page. This is a book to spend time over and talk about every detail. There are endless opportunities to develop observation skills and vocabulary, to expand children’s understanding of the world and just how varied it is. The repetition of key lines of the text provides familiarity and a chance to join in as they look forward to the next location. Added to the fun, children can hunt for a ladybird on every page as they enjoy the beautiful, friendly illustrations.

Thank you to William A.E. Ford for this wonderful book which was self-published in January 2020.

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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