A powerful new fairy tale of a princess who cannot get warm, no matter what is done for her. A stranger with cold eyes brings her the earth's blanket, the forest's blanket, the ocean's blanket and more, but nothing can warm the cold princess until one day a musician wanders into the land, and her heart melts with warmth and love.
This brooding story from the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, is illustrated by a series of specially-commissioned dramatic paintings by artist Catherine Hyde. Combined with stunning design and print finishes, this is an extraordinary book, destined to become a classic.
Winner of the Key Stage 2 Fiction Award in the 2009 English 4-11 Best Children's Illustrated Book Awards: "This is an outstanding book in all respects. Its artwork is stunning – with some pages sparkling and shimmering in the light. And the story – a classic. Carol Ann Duffy has created a marvellous web of language beautifully complemented by the exquisite and richly decorated illustrations of Catherine Hyde make this a superb fairy tale. This is a must for key stage 2."
Nominated for the Kate Greenaway Award 2010
"Catherine Hyde’s paintings beautifully complement the text in this typically full-blown, large scale Templar production. Occasional spot lamination of gold and silver ink on the double page spread illustrations complete the magic. Books for Keeps
“Ravishing and beautifully produced.”
Inside Cornwall Magazine