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I have only recently discovered Hannah Cumming’s picture books. At first it is the artwork that attracted me to them. Her style is child-friendly and soft, but with a lovely dreamy quality to it. Once I started reading her books however, I discovered thoughtful, warm and evocative tales,  which often a moral without ever being preachy, and …

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The Weight of Water

Sarah Crossan(Bloomsbury Children’s Books) Kasienka’s father has left her mother and moved to England. The mother, persuaded that she can make him change his mind, uproots Kasienka’s whole life, fitting it into a suitcase and a laundry bag, and they arrive in Coventry. Forced to live in a bedsit, Kasienka and her mother must get …