Mr Potter’s Pigeon 1979
Mr Potter’s Pigeon by Patrick Kinmonth and illustrated by Reg Cartwright (published by Hutchinson Junior Books Ltd 1979) is a book that was popular with all my children but which seems sadly to now be out of print. It tells the story of the relationship between a racing pigeon and its owner Mr Potter; but it’s not over-sentimentalized. The pigeon doesn’t even have a name, unlike next door’s cat Lupin.
This gentle story of Mr Potter and his pigeon shed, existing without any obvious grandchildren or child neighbours, is perhaps not child-centred enough for today’s market. But as a beautiful story about the natural world and the many different types of relationship that animals can have with people, it still does the job.