Author(s): Dave Gunson
A delightful story that employs a simple tale to engage young children curious to learn more about New Zealand wildlife, particularly birds. Mr Ngata likes to take his grandchildren to the beach to have lunch and feed the birds. The rowdy seagulls are quick to spot the bread but one bigger gull always seems to miss out on his share. The children ask why and discover that Ngoiro is a teenager, with bigger wings and oversize feet that make him awkward and clumsy. As the children watch, a dog suddenly lunges at Ngoiro; the bird is rescued, taken to a local woman who takes in injured animals, and the children visit him every day. With text framed in a paua shell border and full bleed illustrations that tell the story, this book is destined to become a New Zealand classic.
Dave Gunson is a prolific writer and illustrator of children's books. His highly successful colour-illustrated All About series - which includes Birds, Insects, Plants, Seashore, Sea Life, Wildlife of the Past, Freshwater Wildlife and more titles to come - is published by New Holland. He has also produced two bestselling colouring books based on the successful natural history series - New Zealand Birds to Read, Colour and Keep, and New Zealand Wildlife to Read, Colour and Keep. Publishing later in 2011, look out for New Zealand Shore and Sea Life to Read, Colour and Keep.