Fifty-five Feathers by Ben Brown & Helen Taylor
Pukeko is worried about her friend Gecko who seems to be suffering in the cold of winter. So she asks Wise Old Tree for some advice. “Make him a cloak of 55 feathers,” she is told. So then Pukeko sets out to help her friends.
Fifty-five Feathers is a delightful story and is beautifully illustrated by the author and illustrator team. This team also produced Natural New Zealand ABC Wallchart and The Thief of Colours.
Not so long ago, Ben and Helen lived in a shack-like cottage near a swamp in the Motueka Valley in the South Island of New Zealand. A marauding family of pukeko made regular forays into their garden, helping themselves to whatever they could carry away.
As an artist and illustrator, Helen found these vibrantly colored rascals an irresistible subject and their antics seemed ideally suited to a story. Ben and Helen now live in Lyttelton with their two children Connor and Sophie, where they continue to write and illustrate children’s books.
Shortlisted for LIANZA Children’s Book Awards: Russell Clark Award 2005.
Author:Ben Brown & Helen Taylor
First Published 2008
This product is also available for purchase in store at the Wellington Museum