Words About Birds of Aotearoa New Zealand by Geoffrey Fuller
New Zealand is a land of birds and this beautifully crafted book features many kinds of birds. From the mighty albatross to the shy kākāpō and the much-loved tūī, all of which make their homes in the diverse habitats of our country.
Author and illustrator Geoffrey Fuller passed away in 2011 and this book is a tribute to his legacy and love of nature.
There seems to be a plethora of books about New Zealand's natural beauty at present, and this is another excellent addition. Fuller has created striking illustrations to accompany his poetry about birds commonly found in New Zealand. The talented painter places each bird within its habitat and the results are wonderful. The matuku (bittern) is simple, but striking and one of our favourite pages. Fuller includes some lesser appreciated birds too, celebrating mallards, pied stilts and the shag. His passion and love for our birds is evident, and his fun poetry will captivate and inspire our younger readers.
The book is also available in Māori, translated by Pānia Papa, as He Kōrero Mō Ngā Manu. It will make a great resource for those learning to reo Māori, with some interesting vocabulary to add to your knowledge bank while practicing your sentence structures.
A lovely book about the birds that make New Zealand special, published in the memory of a man who cared deeply about our birds.
Reviewed by Rebekah Lyell
Scholastic, RRP $19.99