Grand Old Oak and the Birthday Ball

More Than 100 Things to Find


Welcome friends and settle in:
there’s lots to do and see
as I tell you the story
of our oldest, wisest tree…


ISBN: 9781913520854 Category:

Rachel Piercey


PRAISE FOR BROWN BEAR WOOD: ‘A simple yet magical first book of poetry’ – The Telegraph

With its gnarled trunk, giant branches and glossy leaves, Grand Old Oak is Bear’s favourite tree in the woodland. So when Bear learns that Oak is five hundred years old, he decides to plan an extra-special birthday ball.

In this first storybook of poetry, join Bear and his friends through the seasons as they prepare a magical birthday party, with lots of things to spot along the way.

Additional information

Weight 543 g
Dimensions 26.3 x 31.6 cm
Publisher name Magic Cat Publishing
Publication date 13 April 2023
Number of pages 32
Format Hardback
Contributors Illustrated by Freya Hartas
Dimensions 26.3 x 31.6 cm
Weight 543 g


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RACHEL PIERCEY is a freelance poet, editor and tutor. She has co-edited three children's poetry anthologies with the Emma Press and regularly performs her work and runs poetry workshops in primary schools. Rachel's poems for adults have been published in various journals including The Poetry Review, Magma and The Rialto, as well as two pamphlets with the Emma Press and one with HappenStance. She lives in London.

FREYA HARTAS is a UK based illustrator specialising in children's books. She lives in the vibrant city of Bristol with her partner and their ancient black cat Katsu and works from her cosy, cluttered desk in a shared studio down the road. She graduated from Falmouth University with a first-class honours in BA Illustration in 2014. Freya loves to conjure up humorous characters, animals and monsters, creating the most fantastical worlds for them to inhabit and get lost in.