The Crown

By Emily Kapff

"This is a book that begs us to change the world." Joseph Coelho, The Guardian

Speaking from the future, a girl wears a crown made from the rubbish passed down to her by previous generations. Her Earth is covered by waste, but beneath the landfill she discovers a book of pictures that show her the past – our world as it is now – and she is filled with joy by the beautiful sky, land, sea and creatures that she sees. Alongside her companion horse, she experiences the beauty of our Earth and imagines a world where her crown is no longer made from rubbish, but from an abundance of life. This is a lyrical, stunningly illustrated debut that expresses our need to act now to save the environment, while weaving a positive message about protecting the world we live in.

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529516951
  • Published: 04 Apr 2024
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 240 x 270 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'The Crown by Emily Kapff is simple, beautiful and heart-wrenching […] This is a book that begs us to change the world.' Joseph Coelho, The Guardian

'Gorgeous environmental fable.' The Bookseller

'Lyrical and gorgeously illustrated.' The Bookseller

'Powerful too with her lyrical text and show-stopping illustrations is Emily Kapff’s debut picture book. The contrast between the ugliness of the grubby world of our throwaway society and the beauty of nature’s wonders really drives the message home to readers.' Red Reading Hub

'The illustrations in The Crown are stunning, instantly capturing attention […] A deeply poignant book, The Crown would be excellent to share at home or to use with classes of all ages as part of PSHE lessons, for assemblies, for art lessons or for story time. It could also be used to inspire writing, poetry, artwork… Simply stunning!' Reading Zone

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