What The Jackdaw Saw

What The Jackdaw Saw

Written with deaf children

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

“Come to my party!” the jackdaw said,
But the horse just went on touching her head.

What is this sign that all the animals keep making? The jackdaw just can’t understand . . . but he’s flying into danger.

“A smattering of rhyme, creatures to identify and Sharratt’s amusing pictures make for a lively “eyes happy, feet tappy” book with great appeal for the very young.” The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week

Julia says ...

This story is about sign language, and I helped a group of deaf students write it in a workshop run by the Life & Deaf Association. (My share of the royalties for the book goes to Life and Deaf.)

Here is a picture taken at the book’s launch, showing some of deaf students wearing the brilliant headdresses they had made to act out the story. Can you spot Nick and me in the picture too?

Nick Sharratt at the launch of What the Jackdaw Saw

I am hard of hearing myself, and have written another book with a deafness theme, called Freddie and the Fairy.

Click here to watch a performance of this story on “Julia Donaldson and Friends”.