Cress Watercress by Gregory Maguire
From Gregory Maguire, author of the book that inspired the stage phenomenon Wicked, and stunningly supported by picture book creator David Litchfield’s glorious illustrations full of colour and imagination, Cress Watercress is a new classic in the making.
With the golden feel of a Peter Rabbit or The Wind in the Willows, we delve into the world of Cress, a young rabbit. We meet her family just as Papa has gone missing and Mama, believing the worst, has decided to move Cress and her little brother Kip (with his toy carrot that is always within reach) to the basement of the Broken Arms, an old oak tree apartment that is run by Mr Titus Pillowby Owl.At first the Broken Arms and the other tenants are strange and scary. It will never feel like home to Cress, but as she starts to bond with Finny, one of the many squirrel brothers that live upstairs, and makes friends with a runaway chicken she calls Fricassee Sunday, and is mistaken for a woodland spirit by Tunk the honey-obsessed bear, things start to change. With its themes of learning empathy, discovering new friendships, finding independence, and being able to move forward after a tragedy, this lovely tale teaches as it entertains. For ages 7+.