Van Aggelen African Literary Agency

Up, up and Away

Written by Lynn Bedford Hall and illustrated by Jane Heinrichs

Mattie lives on a farm deep in the heart of the country. It is a quiet place, far from any city. She has no brothers or sisters or friends, and so Mattie was very, very lonely. Until the night of the secret. A secret so precious, that only she and her magic, dream world animals know about it – and this is how it all began. In this

Mattie lives on a farm deep in the heart of the country. It is a quiet place, far from any city. She has no brothers or sisters or friends, and so Mattie was very, very lonely. Until the night of the secret. A secret so precious, that only she and her magic, dream world animals know about it – and this is how it all began. In this book, she helped Ellie, the elephant, to fly and then saved her when little Ellie somersaulted back to earth.

“But Elephants can’t fly! They’re too big!” “I know, Mattie, but if you would help by holding the string while I climb onto a balloon, perhaps the wind could lift me and I’ll go soaring! Up and away!” “How brave, Ellie! Of course, I’ll give you a push-up.” It was heavy work, but Ellie finally managed to hop onto a big orange balloon.”