The Big-Hearted Book

Nicholas Allan

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Hodder Children's Books


Babette and Bill are joined by a ribbon of hearts. They are always together through thick and thin. But when Babette falls ill, the two friends are parted and they are both broken hearted. Until they discover that even when they can't see the ribbon of hearts it is always there pulling them together.

Warm, poignant and funny, this book is a wonderful celebration of friendship. A sensitive and beautifully told story written in association with the International Children's Heart Foundation that will touch anyone affected by illness. The mission of the International Children's Heart Foundation is to bring the skills, technology and knowledge to diagnose and care for children with congenital heart disease to developing countries.

'Endlessly inventive, Nicholas Allan knows just what appeals to young children.' Parents in Touch

In the media
A lovely, simple picture book with a huge message about how love keeps us connected.

Manchester Evening News

Full of the witty exuberance which has become a Nicholas Allan trademark...a terrific basis for chats and discussion, for lessons and the development of parallel further work with youngsters.

The School Librarian

A moving tale about how friendship endures.


Beautifully told, poignant and funny, this is a wonderful celebration of life, love and friendship.

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