Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros
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Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros

Meg McKinlay (Author), Leila Rudge (Author/Illustrator)

“Don’t you wish,” said the small rhinoceros, “that you could see the world?” And so begins this delightful picture book by award-winning creators Meg McKinlay and Leila Rudge.

Once, there was a small rhinoceros who wanted to see the big world. So she built a boat. And sailed away …

From the duo behind award-winning picture book No Bears comes a simple yet inspirational tale about challenging the norm, pushing boundaries and being true to oneself.


There are those who are happy with their place in the world and how they are in it, and there are others who yearn for more. Small rhinoceros pines for the beyond – unlike her fellow rhinos. Watching boats up and down the river, she decides to build one and sets sail, farewelled by her perplexed family. She sees spectacular sights and meets interesting people and creatures, finally returning with many tales for her kinfolk, who are interested but uninspired by such travels; their close-knit community is enough for their needs and desires. Then a small voice pipes up, there is another kindred spirit, a fellow traveller. I loved this gentle book and that every viewpoint is treated respectfully. The soft, sweet pictures are unfussy and loving and are perfect for ages 2+.

Alexa Dretzke is the assistant manager and children’s book buyer at Readings Hawthorn.

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