There was once a robot with a broken heart, good for nothing but expiring slowly on a scrap heap. Then one winter's day a migrating bluebird lands on his shoulder, too exhausted to go further. The robot offers her shelter in the place where his heart used to be, and her warmth and singing and companionship stir up the last glimmer of energy the robot has; he carries her across snowy wastes to the warm south, whereupon his strength dies out finally. And there he still stands today like an old hollow tree, home every year to singing birds.
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(271mm x 180mm x 4mm)
Andersen Press Ltd
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
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US Kirkus Review »
Lucas produces his most meditative work to date in a tale that reads like a mechanical improvement on Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince." When a robot's heart breaks unexpectedly he is sent to the scrap heap to wait out his days, until one cold night a bluebird lands on him. She can go no further on her journey south and takes up residence in the robot's empty chest. The robot offers her a permanent home there, and when she explains that she must travel south he offers to take her. The trip proves too much for the old robot, however, and when they finally make it, his last words to her are, "Make your home in my heart," which she does, along with her fellow birds. A quiet beauty permeates this old-fashioned story. The illustrations convey the robot's simple dignity, color, perspective and sequencing neatly choreographing the tale's emotional trajectory. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - David Lucas
David Lucas was born in 1966 in Middlesborough, in the north of England. He grew up in Hackney, in East London, and studied illustration at the Royal College of Art. He lives and works in London.