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The Magpie Song by Laurence AnholtIn a career spanning three decades, Laurence Anholt has produced over 200 childrens books, which are published in more than 30 languages. Titles like the self-illustrated Anholts Artists series have sold many millions of copies around the world. Laurence has also collaborated on numerous picture books with his wife, the artist, Catherine Anholt.
Laurences first YA / Crossover novel THE HYPNOTIST was published by Penguin Random House on 6th October 2016.
The Hypnotist was described by The Bookseller as gripping, powerful storytelling with a powerful anti-racist message. The book has been officially endorsed by Amnesty International, it was the winner of the Historical Association Young Quills Award, shortlisted for the Southern Schools Book Award and four major book awards. It is currently longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2018.
Born in 1959, Laurence Anholt was brought up mainly in Holland where he developed a lasting love of Art. He went on to study Painting for 8 years, culminating in a Masters Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London. Catherine and Laurence live and work in a house on a hill with studios and wild flower meadows, overlooking the sea in Devon, southwest England.
Laurences books have won many awards, including the UKs prestigious Nestlé Smarties Gold Award on two occasions. For more than a decade, Laurence has been amongst the top 200 Most Borrowed Authors from UK libraries across all genres. He was included in the Independent on Sundays Top 10 Childrens Authors in the UK and was described by William Watt as one of the most versatile authors writing for children today.
Catherine and Laurence have been closely involved with a number of literacy schemes such as the UK Government funded Bookstart scheme. Their publication Babies Love Books (also a much-loved picture book) encourages parents to share books with babies from the earliest possible age. Their work has taken them inside Buckingham Palace and Downing Street on several occasions.
Laurences self‐illustrated Anholts Artists series, is an introduction to great artists for young children. These beautiful books are used as part of the national school curriculum in many countries and are sold in galleries and museums all over the world. The books, which include Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World, Camille and the Sunflowers, Degas and the Little Dancer and The Magical Garden of Claude Monet have taken Laurence on many fascinating journeys of discovery. Each scrupulously researched story is based on an actual encounter between a real child and a great artist. In several instances, Laurence has been assisted by relatives of the artists or by the protagonists themselves - for example, Laurence developed a long-standing friendship with Sylvette David, Picassos Girl With a Ponytail. This series currently includes 10 titles and it has been adapted in many forms, including Apps for iPads, stage and TV productions and a full scale van Gogh musical which Laurence launched in Korea. The Anholts Artists books are renowned not only for their educational value, but also for their life-affirming themes of aspiration, tolerance and acceptance of those who are different.
Laurence Anholt is a much sought after public speaker, talking about literature and his own zany view of life at conferences all over the world.
The Anholts have three grown up children, Claire and twins, Tom and Maddy. Claire is an anthropologist who works for the UN in Geneva, Maddy is an actor living in London and Tom is a successful artist based in Berlin. They also have twin grandchildren, Felix and Nina.
Laurence Anholts interests include art, literature, adventure travel and Buddhist meditation.
For further information visit the Anholts website: http://www.anholt.co.uk
One for Sorrow (nursery rhyme)
"One for Sorrow" is a traditional children's nursery rhyme about magpies. According to an old The rhyme has its origins in superstitions connected with magpies, In the Counting Crows song "A Murder of One", the lyrics contain a modified a secret / not to be told / eight for heaven / nine for hell / ten for devil's own sell.".
Mechanisms of song production in the Australian magpie
By environment reporter Nick Kilvert. They're a gardener's dream, a cyclist's nightmare, and according to the Guardian's poll, Australia's bird of the year. But while we all know them for their sweet song and terrifying aerial assaults, there's a lot more to magpies than meets the eye. So to help us all get to know these singing assassins a little better, here's a few things that may or may not surprise you about our favourite feathered friends. Magpies occupy the same territory for their entire life. Scientists have done experiments using face masks and figured out magpies recognise other magpies, and people by their faces.
For years children have learned the nursery rhyme about counting magpies — but that was because of their historic scarcity. Now, however, even bird lovers are calling for a cull as their ranks have swelled so much that their numbers now threaten the rest of the dawn chorus. As if to prove this, householder Alan Picton has taken of photograph of no less than 21 magpies sitting in a tree in his garden in Bracknell, Berkshire. Growing population: 21 magpies gather on tree branches in the garden of Alan Picton in Braknell, Berkshire. The year-old grabbed his camera to capture the bizarre scene that resembled something out of the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds.
According to an old superstition , the number of magpies one sees determines if one will have bad luck. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of Eight for a wish, Nine for a kiss, Ten for a bird, You must not miss. The rhyme has its origins in superstitions connected with magpies , considered a bird of ill omen in some cultures, and in Britain, at least as far back as the early sixteenth century. One of the earliest versions to extend this was published, with variations, in Michael Aislabie Denham 's Proverbs and Popular Saying of the Seasons London,