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Five Wee Pūteketeke

Five Wee Pūteketeke

Non-fiction/Picture book | Nicola Toki, Jo Pearson | Allen & Unwin

Five Wee Pūteketeke is a delightful picture book that follows a pūteketeke whānau (family) learning to live in the roto (lake). Written by Forest and Bird Chief Executive Nicola Toki, the story is based on the ‘Five Little Ducks’ rhyme, which cleverly incorporates conservation messages about this threatened species. Suitable for reading to children from 2–5 years, the picture book pairs easy rhymes with short facts. Complemented by Jo Pearson’s wistful illustrations, Five Wee Pūteketeke teaches readers how the birds slowly disappeared but have been rescued from extinction thanks to the concerted efforts of people willing to build the pūteketeke a new home. A beautiful way to honour Forest and Bird’s dedication to Aotearoa’s manu (bird) and celebrate the pūteketeke—Bird of the Century. (Reviewed by Talya Coates)

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