What to Read After... Mr Gum 19/08/19
The Ferry Birds
Publisher: Mabecron Books
Dunmore has spun a magical story to show how a small boy in a remote island setting who misses his Dad, is reassured by a make-believe trip with the local turnstones to visit him in the Far North.
Readers may assume that Jago's dream is inspired by his Gran (a former World War II Air Transport Auxiliary pilot (attagirl), who flew Spitfires from the factory to airfields), his first trip on his own to visit her, and his yearning for his father, often absent on trips far away in Canada.
The illustrations extend the narrative, with much detail to be explored by the reader, both young and old, who can profitably research the wider story of both birds and pilots.