by June Allen
inspired by Glenda Goatley and her fluffy friends
It’s a children’s book, but not as we usually know it.
Not a picture book, though there are pictures – coloured photos of birds and animals on a particular Canterbury farm.
It opens with a story of a raid by a bird thief. That is, it is the bird who’s the thief. Then the text moves to an explanation of various residents of the farm – rare breeds being safeguarded as part of a managed breeding programme for posterity.
Along the way it’s informative. I learned, among other things, about non-flying ducks; then read about several animal characters – a sheep with horns a metre long, a pig that plays like a dog, a donkey that rounds up ponies.
So, it’s a children’s book with a difference. Different is good. A Peacock in the Pantry reminded me of School Journals. Remember those?
The educational intention is supported by the addition of a one-page vocabulary with explanations.
A good gift for 8-12 year olds with an interest in bird and animal life, and conservation.
Author: June Allen
Publisher: Kwizzel Publishing
ISBN: NZ print: 978-0-473-57764-3. Amazon print: 978-0-473-57765-0
RRP: $NZ22.00 Direct sales: $NZ24.50 incl postage in NZ
From Amazon $US12.35 + freight
Available: author https://juneallenstories.weebly.com/
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