The Worm and the Bird (Hardcover)
This book is absolutely breathtaking! I found myself lingering on each page, wanting to take in every detail but so excited to see what came next. The touches of dark humor are perfectly executed, and the lesson is one that adults and children alike should remember.— From Liz
From the award-winning illustrator and author of The Fox and the Star, Coralie Bickford-Smith, a beautifully illustrated tale about a Worm, a Bird, and the importance of being present and appreciating what you have, where you are.
Winner of Communication Arts 2018 Illustration Annual
Digging through the ground day in and day out, Worm dreams of a better life. Despite having endless paths of dirt to plough, other burrowing creatures to befriend, and underground treasures to discover, Worm wants more—more space to be alone. Too busy to see the world around it, pushing everything aside, Worm learns a hard lesson in appreciating what you have and where you are.
This beautifully illustrated tale by award-winning author and illustrator Coralie Bickford-Smith explores themes of hope, curiosity, and the circle of life. Taking inspiration from Seneca’s essay “On the Shortness of Life,” which reads “But life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present and fear the future,” and drawing from the simple wisdom of the natural world, Bickford-Smith reminds readers about the importance of slowing down and engaging in the life around us.
Printed in Italy, with a foil-stamped cloth cover, sewn binding, metallic inks, and high-quality paper, Bickford-Smith's new illustrated book is for readers of all ages of fables and fairy tales, from gardeners to bird-watchers to design lovers, and for those seeking mindfulness.
—and it will be a great companion volume to her first book, The Fox and the Star, named Waterstones Book of the Year in 2015.
About the Author
Coralie Bickford-Smith is a designer at Penguin Books. Her first book, The Fox and the Star, was named Waterstones Book of the Year and was one of Time Out's 100 Best Children's Books of All Time. Her design work has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Guardian. Her cover design has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts in the United States and Design and Art Direction in the UK.
Praise for The Worm and the Bird:
“I love love love it, just beautiful.”
“It's touching, lovely to look at, beautifully conceived and designed. Good for children, and busy grown-ups too.”
“Absolutely stunning. A very sweet story with a touch of dark humour too. Wonderful. A fantastic book.”
“I love it. A book to buy and treasure, for yourself or others.”
“Gorgeous gold foil, illustrations and end papers make this a perfect gift for any book lover. It is a beautiful and subtly dark tale about life and its endless possibilities.”
“It’s a stunner, both inside and out!!!”
“The Worm and the Bird is possibly the most beautiful Children’s book this year! Following the Waterstones favourite, The Fox and the Star, Coralie Bickford-Smith has produced another stunning book!”
—Waterstones Jubilee Place
“The Worm and the Bird is an autumnal delight. Beware some mild peril and an occasional sense of dread. Mainly be prepared to be stunned by its beauty.”
“If you loved The Fox and the Star as much as we did, get ready to be amazed by Coralie Bickford Smith’s new book The Worm and The Bird! The Worm and the Bird is further proof of her outstanding talent for illustration and for storytelling that will entrance children (and adults) of all ages!”
“The Worm and the Bird is a simple, beautifully illustrated tale that made our eyes sparkle and our hearts sing.”
–Loll Kirby, @hellogatherandgrow
“The talented Coralie Bickford-Smith has released a new book called The Worm and the Bird – and it’s gorgeous! Anyone who fell in love with The Fox and the Star will love this!”
“Another beautifully designed work, this seemingly simple tale addresses themes of life and death, and the importance of living in the moment.”
–Eliza Williams, "Creative Review"
“Sometimes we just need to pick up a children’s book to remember important life lessons. Through brilliant vivid illustrations, The Worm and the Bird reminds us to appreciate what we have and enjoy where we are. It’s a visual delight for readers of all ages.”