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Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available.
“I’m Wygenia. On my island, we speak a language that’s all our own, so you might not be familiar with it. I’m going to tell you about the time my grannie got sick and how my mooma and I helped her get better. I’ll tell you exactly how it happened, using the exact words Mooma and Grannie used.”
When her beloved Grannie falls ill, ten-year-old Wygenia feels lonely and helpless. Then she learns about a healing plant so powerful it’s called 'Wonder of the World.' But will it really work?
Set in the Caribbean island of Trinidad, this realistic fiction tale tells the story of Wygenia’s quest to restore her Grannie to the high-spirited companion she used to know.
Teachers, parents and caregivers looking for familial, multicultural stories for children ages 7 and up will appreciate this story that evokes Caribbean traditions and customs in a non-stereotypical way.
White/Band 10 books have more complex sentences and figurative language.
Ideas for reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.
- ‘The Wonder of the World Leaf is a beautiful introduction to the rich and varied culture and traditions of Caribbean children's literature’. - Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Surrender Tree
- ‘Both educational and emotionally captivating, warming the soul and reminding us of the importance of well-being and community spirit’. - Trish Cooke, Smarties Book Prize-winning author of So Much!
- ‘Edward combines language, food, family, diverse neighbors, and a wondrous leaf in a lovingly drawn Trinidadian setting’. - Uma Krishnaswami, Asian/Pacific American Award-winner of Step Up To The Plate, Maria Singh
- ‘Edward’s heartwarming story about the bond between a spirited Caribbean girl and her grandmother speaks to the power of love, community, and nature’s bounty’. - Christine Kendall, NAACP Image Award-nominated author of Riding Chance