The Secret Sky Garden
Linda Sarah and Fiona Lumbers
Simon & Schuster
Funni loves to visit the disused rooftop airport cark park, coming almost every Saturday to fly her kite or play her recorder but always she feels a lack of something.
She can imitate the notes from the airport tannoy, the whine from the engines of landing planes and the music of the bells in City Square, but something else is needed. Something visual perhaps?
Funni decides on operation transformation and each week for the next three months she brings a sack of soil and collects up all the litter until eventually, the entire surface is covered with soil.
Then it’s time to plant seeds and wait …
Now in addition to flying her kite and making her music, Funni has the flowers to tend but even so, still she feels something is missing.
Then the very first visitor arrives …
What happens thereafter will make your heart sing: I won’t reveal what that is, but suffice it to say it involves a flourishing of flowers aplenty, and friendship, a city soundscape with beautiful music, kite flying and thanks to Fiona Lumbers’ glorious floral scenes, the most gorgeous colours you can imagine.
Linda Sarah’s Funni is an enchanting child and her story, although sparely told is pitch perfect for her themes and has touches of poetry.
With its inherent creativity motif this is altogether an uplifting book that will delight both children and adults alike.