What the Jackdaw Saw, Paperback Book

What the Jackdaw Saw Paperback

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt

5 out of 5 (1 rating)


The jackdaw wants all his friends to come to his party, but when he calls out his invitation the animals just touch their heads.

Why won't they answer? And what do their actions mean? Luckily a brown owl can help him with the puzzle!This book about friendship and sign language was created by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, with a group of deaf children in a workshop organised by the not-for-profit organisation Life & Deaf which helps deaf children to explore their identities through poetry, film, performance and art.Featuring Nick Sharratt's bright and accessible illustrations, What the Jackdaw Saw is another beautiful picture book from the team behind Goat Goes to Playgroup and Toddle Waddle.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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  • Category: Picture storybooks
  • ISBN: 9781447280842

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A lovely book created by skilled author Julia Donaldson, working in conjunction with Deaf children. The Jackdaw flies around inviting animals to his party, but all they do is touch their head. He flies into a storm and once safe again asks why the animals hadn't warned him. But of course they had, they were signing "danger" in BSL (British Sign Language). The Jackdaw learns BSL and the animals all have a party. There are signs at the end for children to learn. This book is excellent for d/Deaf and hearing children alike. Having studied BSL at university, I have been very lax in teaching my young son to sign. This book has kickstarted that process and I'm delighted to say he's taking a real interest.