Lincoln Children's

Ocean meets Sky


Finn remembers his grandfather who used to tell him wonderful stories. To honour him, Finn creates a boat fit for a long journey, like the one they had planned together. After his hard work, he falls asleep and in his dream, a great golden carp comes to guide him on a magical journey until he wakes to his mother’s voice.


Everything about this book is beautiful. Beneath the dust jacket, golden images shine on a deep blue background, tempting the reader to explore further. In contrast, the jacket is dusky, muted tones, yet just as lovely.


The illustrations are fabulous. Finn leaves the sepia tones of his real life for the blues and greens of his dream land. The world Finn sails through is populated by many of the objects and pictures found on his Grandfather’s desk and around his room. The Library Islands are piled high with books, many of the spines revealing familiar and much loved stories, including ‘The Night Gardener’, also by the Fan brothers.


Finn travels through this land until he reaches a starry sky, full of hot air balloons, a Chinese dragon, submarines and ships of all shapes and sizes. The golden fish, who drooping moustache resembles that of Finn’s grandfather, swims towards the full moon who bears the face of Grandfather, smiling serenely as Finn says goodbye and is called home by a familiar voice.


Love and loss are beautifully explored in this wonderful story, through both the text and the delightful illustrations. One not to be missed.

Ocean Meets Sky The Fan Brothers

Lincoln Children’s Books ISBN: 978-1786032058

One Day, So Many Ways


In keeping with Non-Fiction November, we have another fabulous book to share. ‘One Day, So Many Ways’ is a beautifully illustrated looking into the lives of over 40 children living around the world as they go about their daily routines. From Alaska to Brazil, Greenland to Tanzania, children are waking in homes all around the world. While there are many similarities to European children's experiences, they also have very different ones throughout the day. Breakfast, just for starters, looks very different around the world. Would you like to eat roasted banana & chorizo sausage, like Gina and Luis who live in the Amazon rainforest? Or maybe you'd like a warm bowl of vegetable stew and rice cakes, like Tanya has in Mumbai, India? Whatever your preference, this book serves to illuminate and celebrate variety.


The forms of transportation children use to get to school can also vary - bus, train, bike may be familiar to many, but in Nepal, many children travel to school across rope bridges and in Greenland, children often travel by snowmobile. Educational experiences can also be very different: in Mexico, Jesus works in the morning and goes to school in the afternoon whereas in Hanoi, Japan, Linh goes to school six days a week. The types of lessons children have at school, the ways they play, interact with friends and enjoy sports are all explored in this book. 


‘One Day, So Many Ways’ also showcases the artistic pursuits children around the world are interested in, their after-school activities, bedtime routines and even stories. Where we sleep, what we eat, see, feel and hear may be very different depending on where we live in the world and this book will help children to discover that for themselves.


Laura Hall is a a former travel writer and her keen eye and appreciation for even the smallest details in the cultures and lives of people all over the world is evident in this stunning book. Loris Lora is an illustrator and designer of many delightful, colourful and engaging pieces of work. The retro Mid-Century style of this particular book is delightful and makes it universally accessible to both younger and older primary school aged readers. This gorgeous book is certain to help build insight, understanding and empathy as readers explore the diverse ways children, just like them, live their lives.

This beautiful non-fiction book would be a fantastic text to use as a stimulus for work in any KS1 classroom. Each section of the book could be used across the curriculum. Children could be encouraged to write and then talk about their own lives - what they have for breakfast and how they travel to school. In Maths, children could be encouraged to measure favourite lunch time foods and then represent this in a graph. In geography, they could map the routes classmates take to get home from school. The book also provides an opportunity to create links with schools in other countries- children could write letters to other children, sharing details about their lives and encouraging partner schools to do the same.

One Day, So Many Ways Laura Hall, illustrated by Loris Lora

Lincoln Children’s Books ISBN: 978-1847809735