My book review of 'The New Girl' by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

The New Girl

by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher
Recommended age: 3+
The New Girl
by Nicola Davies and Cathy Fisher

The new girl is beginning school in a new country and finds that the children in her class are unfriendly towards her.

They don't like the food she eats for lunch, her clothes are unfamiliar to them and she doesn't understand their language.

But when the new girl takes herself away to make paper flowers, then leaves them around the classroom, the other children become mesmerised by these beautiful creations.

So she shows them the art of paper folding, and relationships are formed, attitudes changed and cultures explored. The new girl becomes Kiku, a new friend.

The narrator of this story is one of the unkind classmates, and this perspective brings a powerful dynamic. It's a stunning book.

Review date: November 2020