Author(s): John Burningham

Children Fiction

Once upon a time there were two geese called Mr and Mrs Plumpster. Each Spring they returned to the marshes of their ancestors, and Mrs Plumpster laid her eggs. Soon six fine young Plumpsters hatched: Archie, Freda, Jennifer, Oswald, Timothy and Borka. But Borka was different. Borka had no feathers and could not fly. When winter came the other geese flew off in search of warmer climates, leaving Borka all alone. But her adventure was only just beginning ...


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John Burningham's classic first picture book reissued with the original cover rescanned and redesigned for its 50th anniversary.

"Still remarkable for its humour, tenderness and richly textured illustrations. It remains strikingly original and young children will delight in the engaging story ... Every child's library deserves a copy" -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times "Burningham's illustrations have a tragi-comic power that really makes you believe in the plight of this goose ... A heart-warming, award-winning story that was ahead of its time when it was first published" Books for Keeps

John Burningham is one of the most prestigious and best-loved illustrators working in the children's book field today. He trained at the Central School of Art and his first picture book, Borka was published in 1963. He has won numerous awards during his distinguished career including the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice) and the Kurt Maschler Award, and his books are enjoyed by children all over the world. John is married to acclaimed illustrator Helen Oxenbury and they live in Hampstead, North London.

General Fields

  • : 9780099400677
  • : Red Fox
  • : Red Fox
  • : 0.162
  • : January 1999
  • : 279mm X 215mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 1999
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Burningham
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 823.914
  • : Under 6
  • : 32
  • : Colour and black & white