- Publication date:1 July 2019
- Format:Hardcover, Paperback
- Age guide: Younger Readers, 3-6
By Dimity Powell & Andrew Plant
$16.95 – $24.95
Pippa is a little pigeon with big blue-sky ambitions: to fly solo and explore the world beyond her nest. Her parents are less than thrilled with their risk-taking feathered fledging and smother her with well-meant yet suffocating warnings until one day she ignores them all, and takes the leap into the unknown . . . alone.
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- growing up
- overprotective parenting, protective behaviours
- homing pigeons, pets
- family relationships
- self-awareness, letting go
- adventure, exploring, risk taking
- child parent relationships
- the importance of initiating change, finding your inner strength.
Dimity Powell –
Pippa is a light-hearted adventure tale about striking out alone, following your dreams and desires and experiencing what it’s like when you get there, perfectly encapsulating the desire many youngsters have for independence whilst gently reminding them about the comfort or coming home.
Andrew’s striking pictures ably capture all the joie de vivre and drama of Pippa’s solo flight, beautifully accentuating the sometimes misunderstood personality and unique traits of the homing pigeon.
Alex Croft –
Pippa is a plucky little pigeon with sky-high ambitions. She wants only to fly solo – to see more of the world beyond her nest and well-meaning but suffocating parents. But when Pippa decides one day to ignore their warnings and take a leap into the unknown, alone, life as she knows it will never be the same.
Pippa is a heartfelt tale of growing up, told through the eyes of a homing pigeon and her overbearing parents. But unusually, it’s not a cautionary tale, even when Pippa’s life is in danger – rather, it warns against overprotective parenting in favour of being supportive and giving your children a safe space to take risks and try new things. Pippa reminds us to take a chance and let go, to follow our dreams and desires despite the risks involved or other’s disapproval.
Like many young readers can be, Pippa is small, determined and stubborn. She lives a sheltered existence under her parents’ watchful eye, and with no personal boundaries or exposure to danger or consequences, Pippa is more than willing do her own thing and bite off more than she can chew. When she takes matters into her own wings and realises she can’t do it alone, Pippa learns that it’s the safety, love and security of her family that matters most. Refreshingly, when Pippa does return home a little worse for wear, her parents don’t punish her for curiosity – but welcome her back home.
Told by award-winning children’s author Dimity Powell and her signature soft but powerful storytelling, Pippa is interspersed with pigeon facts and some more challenging language, lending itself well to discussion about more challenging vocabulary. Although not a rhyming picture book, the occasional rhyming sequence and use of alliteration, complemented by Andrew Plant’s colourfully detailed illustrations make this book a joy to read, and one full of movement and life. Pippa is an essential story for young readers and parents alike – championing adventure and independence and reminding us that sometimes in life, lessons must be learnt the hard way for us to learn anything new at all.