“The Life cycle of the Pukeko”
Written by Betty Brownlie and illustrated with colourful full-page photographs this is a lovely introduction to one of New Zealands native birds. This educational book explains in simple clear text where they originated from, how they live, eat, mate, sound, fly and communicate. An ugly bird one would think, on first sight, yet its tall legs and bright coloured features make it easy to spot. I have often seen these birds on the side of the road in the outer areas of the city where I live, and reading of its ungainly way of flying and crash-landing reminds me very much of my early attempts of snow skiing. Betty has written a number of books with the wildlife in mind and it is a delight to know this one has made the finalist in the NZ Post 2011 Children’s Book Awards. Due to RSI, Betty’s work has been restricted of late.