disclosure: we were sent the item mentioned for the purpose of a review and giveaway
Before I had my son I worked in Export Sales and over the years I had the opportunity to travel all over the place visiting clients, and occasionally getting the opportunity to see something of the country I was visiting. One of the very first countries I went to with work was Norway, and although that first trip was far briefer than I would have liked, I got to see Oslo and the surrounding countryside, with deep rifts of snow everywhere. It all looked rather magical and when I was asked to review Catching the Wind by Nils-Johan Jørgensen I wondered if I could share some of that magic with my son.
Catching the Wind is part of a series of children’s fables from the Norwegian author which have been published through The Book Guild, an independent mainstream and partnership publishing imprint of the Troubador publishing group.
This particular book contains three fables; Catching the Wind, Laura and A Living Tapestry. As with the previous books within the collection Catching the Wind is aimed at children in KS2 aged between 8-12 years of age, so perfect for my 10-year-old son.
In Catching the Wind we meet Thomas who is sailing his boat under the Northern Lights when he comes across a remote island with some strange burial mounds. He falls asleep aboard his boat and his boat sails up in the lights and he’s transported to a different time when Vikings lived on the island he’d discovered. Thomas meets three Viking children and although they speak old Norse, they can make themselves understood.
Thomas meets other villagers and learns about the ways of the Vikings before heading back to his boat, where he falls asleep.
In Laura, we meet the girl who was born well north of the Arctic Circle, on the lightest day of the year. She’s now at school and learning all about the stories of the Greek writer, Homer. She learns about the myths and legends of the Greeks, as well as learning about the various Gods themselves. She is totally captivated by the stories in The Odyssey and reads a different story every day until she has finished the book. But that’s not the end of her story.
In A Living Tapestry, we meet Pani who is on a trip to see the Bayeux Tapestry in Normandy, France. She learns about the great battles and the characters who took part in this moment in history.
Each story is accompanied by beautiful illustrations which help to bring the various tales to life. I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below for your reference (I do earn from qualifying purchases).
I’ve teamed up with The Book Guild to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a hardback copy of Catching the Wind worth £8.99. Complete the Gleam form below for your chance to win. Good luck!
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The giveaway will close on 27th February 2020 at midnight.