One day a large white creature floats to shore and tries to find shelter and safety in an old cave. The animals of the Wild Wood fear him at first and name him Leaf because they observe him gathering leaves and because they want him to leave. They are divided by what they regard as Leaf’s strange behaviour but gradually come to understand that this bewildered polar bear (for that is what he is, although this is not stated until the story nears its close) just wants to get home. A picture book which draws on themes about the environment, prejudice against those who seem different and learning to communicate, illustrated in a manner which combines the naturalistic and the fantastic.
Also by Sandra Dieckmann:The Dog that Ate the World (9781911171607), Flying Eye £11.99
Waiting for Wolf (9781444946598), Hodder £6.99