The Pond, Kirkus Reviews, Best Books of 2017, Nicola Davies, Cathy Fisher

The Pond, written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Cathy Fisher, has been chosen as a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2017. It was included in a special print issue supplement on 15 November 2017.

On 15 August 2017, Kirkus Reviews gave The Pond a starred review, describing it as ‘Heart-wrenching, powerful, and beautifully realized’.

The Pond is a touching picture book about a young boy, and his family, overcoming the loss of his father. This colourful, emotional book is filled with natural imagery, and will teach children not only about death and loss, but the importance of the natural world.

The Pond has also been nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway medal 2018, click here to see the full list.

Nicola Davies is an award-winning author, whose many books for children include The Promise (Green Earth Book Award 2015, Greenaway Shortlist 2015), Tiny (AAAS Subaru Prize 2015), A First Book of Nature, Whale Boy (Blue Peter Award Shortlist 2014), and the Heroes of the Wild Series (Portsmouth Book Prize 2014). She graduated in zoology, studied whales and bats and then worked for the BBC Natural History Unit. Underlying all Nicola’s writing is the belief that a relationship with nature is essential to every human being, and that now, more than ever, we need to renew that relationship.

Nicola’s children’s books from Graffeg include Perfect, The Word Bird, Animal Surprises, Into the Blue and the Shadows and Light series: The White Hare, Mother Cary’s Butter Knife, The Selkie’s Mate and Elias Martin.

Cathy Fisher grew up with eight brothers and sisters, playing in the fields overlooking Bath. She has been a teacher and practising artist all her life, living and working in the Seychelles and Australia for many years. Art is Cathy’s first language. As a child she scribbled on the walls of her bedroom and ever since has felt a sense of urgency to paint and draw stories and feelings which she believes need to be heard and expressed. Perfect was Cathy’s first published book, followed by The Pond.