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By Jane Bower — an advisor in art, drama, dance and literacy. She is available to work in your school. Email

From Celtic tales to rabbit detectives, Jane Bower reviews a selection of illustrated books

The Snow Goose by Paul Gallico (Hutchinson, £12.99 HB)

This beautiful and heart-breaking classic, set in the years leading up to the evacuation of Dunkirk, is still as powerful as when it was first written in 1941. Set in an abandoned lighthouse on the Essex marshes, it is the haunting story of the relationship between the young girl, Fritha, the recluse, Philip Rhayader, and an injured snow goose. The illustrations, by Angela Barrett, are exquisite and perfectly evoke the text. As much for adults as for children.

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