by Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks

He belongs nowhere. He loves no one.

Dog rescues Magpie and tends to her wounds after a bushfire. Unable to fly, she is distraught but finally accepts Dog’s friendship. Together they fly with Magpie’s good eyes seeing for Dog who carries her on his back. Then comes Fox. His friendly approach leaves Magpie wary but Dog is welcoming.

This beautiful picture book takes a simple fable and gives it resonance on many levels. Strong colours reflect the Australian bush. The text is drawn in rough strokes of charcoal lettering.

Excellent notes by Janet Anderson available through the publisher, Allen & Unwin.