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ISBN-13: 9781536212754
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author: Atinuke
illustrator: Birgitta Sif

Hugo the pigeon has a very important job. He is a park warden: he tends to his small Parisian park and all the people who live around it. Hugo helps the park neighbors all year long: keeping Madame Grande company as she sits in the sun, discussing the news with Monsieur Occupé, entertaining little Bébé and Coquine so their mothers can take a rest, and flying from one apartment to the next during the winter to remind everyone that spring is coming. But one set of windows never opens for Hugo’s visits. Hugo knows that Somebody is there behind the curtains, but whoever they are, they hide whenever he knocks. What will it take for the mysterious Somebody to be coaxed out to enjoy the park—and perhaps make a few friends? Award-winning author Atinuke teams up with acclaimed illustrator Birgitta Sif for a charming, joyful story of friendship, bravery, and community.

What happens when a pigeon who looks after all the visitors in the park finds himself in need? Help comes from a surprising source in a touching story of unexpected connection.
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Picture Books / Hardback
age range:
3 yrs - 7 yrs
# of pages/size:
40 / 8 5/8" x 11 5/16"
grade range:
Preschool - Grade 2
Animals; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Atinuke is the author of many books for children, including three picture books illustrated by Angela Brooksbank: Baby Goes to Market, B Is for Baby, and Catch That Chicken! Born in Nigeria, Atinuke began her career as a traditional storyteller. She is the recipient of many awards, including a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor. Atinuke lives in Wales.
illustrator’s comments:
Birgitta Sif has illustrated a number of picture books, including The Tall Man and the Small Mouse, written by Mara Bergman, and Snowboy and the Last Tree Standing, written by Hiawyn Oram. She is also the author-illustrator of Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance and Oliver, which was short-listed for the Kate Greenaway medal. Birgitta Sif lives in Cambridge, England.
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