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How to Make a Heron Happy

Lari Don
Nicola O’Byrne


Range: Picture Kelpies Paperback 24 pages colour illustrations 254 x 210 mm ISBN: 9780863158049 Publication date: 7th April 2011
Genre: Animals Theme: Environment Ideal for ages: 3, 4, 5 and 6
The heron in the local park always looks sad and grumpy, so Hamish decides to cheer it up. He brings food, tidies the heron’s dirty pond, plants flowers, and has a party. But the heron still looks grumpy. Maybe it isn't unhappy after all?

A charming story from Edinburgh-based writer and storyteller, Lari Don.


'I'd definitely recommend this, whether as a family read or for a primary classroom.'
-- Thoughts from the Heartfire blog

'A great story about a park!'
-- Juno Magazine, March 2011

'With only a line or two of text on the page and plenty of repetition, this is ideal for beginning readers. O'Byrne's illustrations have the look of pen-and-ink sketches with watercolor... As read-aloud or read-alone, a nice addition to the caring-for-our environment collection.'
-- Kirkus Reviews

'A feel-good story ... The illustrations are stunning, colourful, informal with a watercolour effect. ...This is also a great book for reading aloud, which would also encourage imagination and discussion.'
-- The School Librarian

How to Make a Heron Happy


Lari Don has worked in politics and broadcasting, but is now a full-time writer and storyteller. She grew up in the north-east of Scotland, and lives in Edinburgh. She is the author of more than 20 children’s books for all ages from picture books and…

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Nicola O’Byrne was born in Swaziland and has lived in Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Kenya and Edinburgh. She studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and then completed a Masters in printmaking in London. She bases her illustrations on real observations and can usually be…

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