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.