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A moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum, written by acclaimed children's author Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman.
From award-winning master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, author of the acclaimed War Horse, comes a moving historical story inspired by the Foundling Museum. A lonely boy struggles to cope with school bullies and caring for his mother, until a mysterious encounter reveals life in the Foundling Hospital in the eighteenth century and unravels a touching tale about the power of music. Beautifully illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.
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The Lucky Button is a really lovely story aimed at older children but I feel has a little lost identity due to the cover picture. The illustrations inside are beautifully done by Michael Foreman but outside I am not sure you would pick it up for a child from the bookshelf as it looks more like a historical romance. That aside Michael Morpurgo writes a beautiful story about the main character, Jonah,meeting a very friendly ghost. Jonah cares for his sick mother and therefore struggles to make friends and fit in at school which makes him sad and lonely. When he meets Nathaniel, the ghost from the 18th Century, he is passed a lucky button which brings him good fortune. The tale is inspired by real people and events and is based around a home for young children and babies called the Foundling Hospital. This made the book all the more real, although it is fictional, you can read more about the Foundling Hospital at the back of the book and on line. All in all a kind and simple story, beautifully illustrated with an unusual historical backdrop.
"Michael Morpurgo employs his familiar technique of using an old character to tell a story to good effect" * Angels and Urchins * "The author recreates historic periods with a wonderful sense of atmosphere, truly transporting the reader to a different era. [...]Sometimes, dream pairings of author and illustrator come along - and Michael Morpurgo and Michael Foreman are one of those pairings. The delicate illustrations and colour plates encapsulate the emotion and atmosphere of the story perfectly. An atmospheric and moving story from a master storyteller." * Parents in Touch * "Award-winning Michel Morpurgo's warm-hearted time slip story cleverly interweaves the lives of two boys, Jonah and Nathaniel." * Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month, LoveReading * "Everyone loves an orphan story and the Foundling Hospital, created by Thomas Coram in 1739 with help from William Hogarth and George Frideric Handel, has inspired many authors. Hetty Feather, Jacqueline Wilson's resident of the London charity, is perhaps the most famous creation. Well, Hetty has competition now. Michael Morpurgo's moving tale, illustrated beautifully by the mighty Michael Foreman, begins in the present day [...] Heartwarming stuff - a foundling story worth finding." * The Times, Children's Book of the Week * "A foundling story worth finding." * The Times, Best children's books of 2017 *