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A baby is not like a hat.
What's picked is picked, what's done is done,
and that, Barleycorns, is that.
This strange and evocative story about the wondrous, chaotic bounty brought by a mysterious green baby bursts with the wild, unknowable magic of mother nature.
A modern fable about nature's power from a Kate Greenaway Medal winner
Mr. Barleycorn picks a green baby growing on his land, unleashing the incredible power of nature. When zucchinis flower in the kitchen and carrots sprout out of their television, Mr. Barleycorn’s wife insists that the Greenling has to go. But the bounty and beauty of nature have a strange power — the power to bring a whole community together.
About the Author
Levi Pinfold’s debut picture book, The Django, won a Book Trust Early Years Award and was described by author-illustrator Michael Foreman as “a virtuoso display of real drawing.” He is also the creator of Black Dog, winner of a Kate Greenaway Medal.
This ecological fable, a British import, has the folkloric atmosphere of Pinfold's Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Black Dog (2012)...Chilling and thought-provoking, this picture book for older readers invites discussion. —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
The rhyme scheme is gentle and soothing, and Pinfold’s luminous mixed-media illustrations are gloriously strange. This fable about the power of the outside world and the balance between technology and nature is important, and the story itself is haunting and austere. —Booklist (starred review)
Pinfold’s vision of the natural world breaking free of human fetters is captivating. —Publishers Weekly