Review: Whit of Whiteleys Wood

This is the story of a little long-eared owl who longs to master the art of flying.

Whit tries and tries, but when a practice flight goes badly wrong, she will need both practical help and encouragement from her friends Miss Mouse, Mole and Fox.

A gently rhyming story filled with read-along words, endearing characters and kindness, Whit of Whiteleys Wood would be a particularly apt read for little ones who need a bit of encouragement to keep trying with something a bit tricky.

Mandy Sinclair’s illustrations bring the Scottish woodland richly to life, and we particularly enjoyed her picture of Whit’s adventure with the little wrens.

All the proceeds from this book will go to Whiteley’s Retreat, which provides free therapeutic short breaks for children, young people and their families with cancer or a life altering illness.

Whit of Whiteleys Wood, by Lorraine Johnston, illustrated by Mandy Sinclair


Later, Tartan Gator

Lorraine is also the author of Later, Tartan ‘Gator, the story of a New Orleans Zoo Alligator whose life is turned upside down when some visitors from Scotland ignore a sign that says ‘Do Not Feed the Animals at Any Time’. It’s a fun-filled caper with a gentle lesson, which also raises funds for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance.

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