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‘This is my home, where the trees tower tall and I can count a hundred stars. We even saw a comet once!’
The Comet, written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton, is a beautiful, magical and heartfelt picturebook that’s based on the creator’s own experiences and touches on the memories of moving house, what makes a ‘home’, and finding it in new surroundings.
The perfect text to share with children (especially when encountering new experiences) across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, it delicately explores the impact of important moments and how they can affect children’s sense of belonging and provide wonderful adventures.
In the story, we see the main character, a young girl called Nyla, leaving her home in the countryside behind to start life again in the city, because her dad needs to find a new job.
But when they arrive and start to settle in, there are a lot of unforeseen changes to their lives that they have to negotiate, and all Nyla can do is think about everything that she misses from before.
One night outside her window, however, she spots a comet soaring in the skies that glows and grows, which transports her up and away from the city streets.
As her dad starts to share in the magic of the meteorite, they soon realise that this could be the thing that not only brings them back together but also makes them finally feel at home.
Let’s join them as they show us that no matter where you go, home is always where your heart is…
Scott Evans is a primary school teacher, reading for pleasure adviser and children’s books consultant. He is also the author of the upcoming title 100 Ideas for Primary Teachers: Reading for Pleasure, published by Bloomsbury in 2023. Follow Scott on Twitter @MrEPrimary
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