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  • Published: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143773474
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 28
  • RRP: $15.99

The Indigo Bird


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In spite of his brilliant blue feathers, Takahe is very good at hiding - in fact, he's so good that you might think he isn't there at all! But look carefully at the illustrations . . . can you help Fantail to find Takahe in every page of this story?

Help Fantail find Takahe in this look-and-find story about a rare New Zealand bird once thought extinct, but miraculously rediscovered.
Fantail is looking for Takahe but where can he be?

Is he playing with Weka in the snow, or maybe dancing with Kakapo in the glow of the moon?

Perhaps he is splashing through puddles with long-legged Pukeko?

Look VERY carefully at all the illustrations - could Takahe have been here all along?

From award-winning author and illustrator Helen Taylor comes this exquisite look-and-find story inspired by the incredible true history of New Zealand's flightless and indigo-feathered takahe. Once thought to be extinct, it was rediscovered in 1948 in the Murchison Mountains of Fiordland - the takahe showing just how good at hiding it is!

This durable board book format is perfect for little hands and reading aloud together.

  • Pub date: 5 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143773474
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 28
  • RRP: $15.99

About the Author

Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor is an award-winning children's book illustrator and an exhibiting artist with works in private collections around New Zealand and overseas.

She has been illustrating books since 1992 and has been twice shortlisted for the LIANZA Children's Book Awards. In 2006, Helen won Best Picture Book in the New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, with A Booming in the Night, a collaboration with writer Ben Brown. Helen has also written and illustrated a number of picture books and in 2015 her book Kakapo Dance won a Storylines Notable Picture Book Award.

Helen lives in an old yellow house on a red-boned hill in the portside town of Lyttelton.

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Praise for The Indigo Bird

“Taylor has created a wonderful story about the takahe. She expertly weaves fact and fiction together, with the help of a cheeky little fantail that mimics Orbell’s curiosity. Takahe keeps disappearing throughout the book, offering just flashes and the briefest of glimpses. Fantail turns to the other birds of the forests for help, including doppelgänger pukeko...Taylor is a master at rendering New Zealand’s unique flora and fauna in beautiful, delicate, yet richly detailed, watercolour.”

Rebekah Fraser, NZ Booklovers

“The board book is fun and interactive and at the back of it there is some history on the takahe, “who, both in myth and reality, has had a tendency to get lost”.”

Linda Hall, Napier Courier


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