The Cuckoo Child


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Titel en schrijver
The Cuckoo Child, Dick King-Smith
ISBN nr.
Uitgeverij, drukjaar en drukversie
Puffin Books, 1992, Eerste Druk
Paperback of hardcover
Aantal pagina’s
110 pagina’s
Taal en categorie
Engels, Kind & Jeugd
Korte samenvatting
The Cuckoo Child

When Jack Daw, A kid who has a big passion for birds, visits the zoo, he sees a big egg  about to be fed to a snake, and he knows he has to do something. He saves the egg and takes it to his family’s farm, there he manages  to convince the geese to adopt it. In anticipation for the egg to hatch, Jack calls it Oliver. When the egg hatches, the geese (and the other animals) are a little suprised. He’s stil accepted as one of the family, even though he can’t swim and has to watch out not to step on the other goslings. But he can runs, faster than anyone ever could on the farm.

By the age of two, Oliver has become nine feet tall, he doesn’t fit on the farm anymore. Jack needs to return Oliver to the zoo. When Oliver sees other ostriches there, he finally understands who he is.

Over de auteur
Ronald Gorden King-Smith (Gloucestershire, 1922 – 2011) was a well-known English writer of children’s books. Best know for ‘the Sheep-Pig’ (1983) as it was adapted into the movie ‘Babe’ in 1995 and translations have been written in 15 languages.

He fought in the Second World War and afterwards worked as a farmer for 20 years. Many of the stories where inspired by his life on the farm. Afterwards he became a teacher and began writing. In 2010 he was appointed Officer of the order of the British Empire. King-Smith died in his home, not far from wher he was born, in 2011 at the age of 88. His legacy remains with three children, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

The Times Educational Supplement:

‘Dick King-Smith… has revitalized the tradition [of animal stories] so completely that other writers who put words into animals’ mouths are outclassed.’

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