The Sterling’s Song

Original title Het lied van de spreeuw
Original language Dutch
Place of first publication Paesi Bassi
Original Publisher WPG Children's Media

Further information on this book

From above, the starling thinks everything is so wonderful: the grass-covered plain, the wheat fields, the clouds, the breeze from the sea, how the sky can be clear. It wants to make a song of it, a song about the beauty of everything. He tells it to the other birds and each of them has something to add to his song: for the woodpecker the beauty of the trees, for the owl the beauty of the night, for the kingfisher the water…

This beautifully illustrated picture book reminds us of the infinite beauty that can be found in everyday life, if we look close enough.


Octavie Wolters
(Author, Illustrator)

Octavie Wolters is an independent author, artist and illustrator living in the Netherlands. As an author she writes novels and biographical non-fiction. In her works she mainly uses the linocut technique. Il canto dello storno is her first illustrated book, which was greeted by great public and critical acclaim, won the Silver Paintbrush and was nominated by the Association of Illustrators for the World Illustration Award.

Anna Patrucco Becchi

Anna Patrucco Becchi was born in Genoa in 1965. She translates from German, Dutch and English mainly books for children and teenagers. After becoming finalist for three consecutive years as a translator for the Premio Strega Ragazze e Ragazzi, she won it in 2019. In 2020 one of her translations was selected by IBBY as best Italian translation for the Honour List.

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