Dappled Annie and the Tigrish by Mary McCallum Illus. Annie Hayward
An original story of childhood imagination.
Annie has a hedge outside her house in which she sees faces. She lives with her mother and little brother Robbie while their father is a lighthouse keeper.
The story opens with an earthquake and you suspect that more happens than at first is realised. Father who is doing the job of two men as he awaits a replacement, is worked off his feet.
Annie plays in the hedge and imagines that the bushes that make up the hedge are real. Mr and Mrs Hedge are the main characters. Within the hedge is a birdsnest with new chicks. Mr and Mrs Hedge take pride in the chicks.
Then a huge wind blows the hedge apart and the nest is lost. With the help of the “tigrish”. a tiger like entity straight out of the imagination, Annie and Robbie go looking for the nest and unexpectedly find a more serious problem.
Excellently illustrated by Annie Hayward’s drawings and colour paintings.
For primary aged students and adults who don’t want to grow up, in their minds of course.