29 December 2012

The Squirrel and the Swallow

It seems an unlikely friendship, one between a squirrel and a swallow but sometimes the most improbable of relationships are those which end up working the best. This very sweet but surreal animation, directed by Arjan Boeve and based on the short stories of Dutch writer Toon Tellegen is a wonderfully understated piece of work. Once the friendship is formed the swallow must leave for the winter and then she finds herself in jeopardy. The squirrel, so many miles away, must find a way to save her but all he has is his books…

I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times: literacy saves lives!