Fox And Fine Feathers Giveaway

When meeting author/illustrator Narelle Oliver at the Read Up launch recently, I might have mentioned that Miss 5 and I are kind of into birds…

…which of course lead us into a discussion about Narelle’s award winning picture book, Fox and Fine Feathers, with her signature linocut illustrations.

Lyrebird, Coucal, Pitta and Nightjar are birds of the forest floor. Although as different as groundbirds can be, they always look out for danger and warn each other to hide. One day, Lyrebird, Coucal and Pitta forget to look out for Fox. Only Nightjar is watching. Can he warn the others in time?

We loved learning more about these four beautiful Australian rainforest birds from the story:

  • Superb Lyrebirds are incredibly shy creatures.  They are rarely seen, but often heard as they mimic the calls of other birds.  Males have long, intricate tail feathers.
  • Pheasant Coucals are sizeable black and brown birds. They are not particularly adept at flying, so prefer to run after their prey.
  • Noisy Pittas are brightly coloured little rainforest birds.  They hop about in the undergrowth, and although quite common are not often seen.
  • Long-tailed Nightjars are masters of disguise.  Their feathers are perfectly camouflaged amongst the leaf litter during the day while they sleep.
In addition to talking about birds, we also discussed the problems introduced species, such as foxes, can cause to fragile ecosystems.  Other introduced species to Australia include cane toads, rabbits, and (feral) cats.
This picture book is not only a wonderful read, but is rich with opportunities to discuss habitats, birdlife, camouflage, predators and more.  Great for low to mid primary, and any kids with an interest in wildlife.  (For my teacher friends, Scholastic provide Teachers’ Notes on Fox and Fine Feathers for classroom use.)

Courtesy of Narelle Oliver herself, I have a SIGNED copy of Fox and Fine Feathers for one lucky SquiggleMum reader.  To enter, simply leave a comment below and tell me an Australian bird that your kids have seen in your area.  (It’s a great excuse to  look out for birds this week…)  One entry per person, Aussie residents only, comp closes Sun 18/3/12 8pm Qld time.

PS – If you adore Narelle’s work, prints from the book are available at the gorgeous Marks and Gardner gallery online, or at their beautiful premises on Mt Tamborine.  Tell them SquiggleMum sent you :-)

*I received a copy of the book from Narelle Oliver, but did not receive payment for this post.


This competition has now closed. Congratulations Judith.

You are the winner of a signed copy of Fox and Fine Feathers!

18 thoughts on “Fox And Fine Feathers Giveaway

  1. In the area we are in we mainly have birds regarded as common or pests such as ’28’s, Crows, Magpies, Willy Wagtails and Cockatoos. We also have the Rainbow Lorikeet which is a pest but we rescued one recently that seemed as if it was a pet. My friend graciously took it in and its now thriving!

  2. We often see magpies in our area – probably because we put food out for them, as well as a shallow container with water in it that the maggies like to use as a bath. Miss Five and stay at home hubby regularly refer to ‘Photographic Field Guide: Birds of Australia’ when observing the birds around our area – it is a great resource and I love that Miss Five is taking an interest in her surroundings, and not being oblivious to them.

  3. I love the song of the magpies which have taken up residence near us, but one bird we love to hear but rarely do, let alone see one, is the Storm bird – it’s distinctive song signals rain, and without fail, within a couple of days, it will rain….even if sometimes it might be just a few spits!

  4. We seen a black cockatoo on the weekend. They are such beautiful birds. They sure do make a mess of the nuts/berries on the trees though! We also have lots of butcher birds and magpies at our house.

  5. The good old galahs!!! Making so much noise you cannot miss them!! they eat all the nuts of off our trees, the kids luv them ♥ Me I am a little bit scared :(

  6. We love watching the families of blue fairy wrens, willy wagtails and pee wee’s that call our street home.

  7. Living on the central coast we see and interact with many pelicans.The children and i always joked about never standing under a lightpost where the pelicans like to sit, until one day my husband did, and was promptly covered in a very large and fishy smelling pelican poop…. we don’t joke about such things any more… lol

  8. From the big glass window, our little one year old granddaughter pulls herself up and to watch the Blue Wrens flit in and out of the bushes and the shadows. She stands still with concentration to watch them.

  9. The good old Australian Brush Turkey (bush turkey) likes to stroll around our neighbourhood. We don’t welcome them into our yard but we get a good giggle out of seeing them around. Miss H is just about to build a bird house/ feeder so maybe we can look forward to seeing some other Aussie birds around.

  10. Hiya!! Those illustrations are lovely!!! We have seen magpies and black cockatoos and HEARD kookaburras…but we never seem to be able to SEE the kookaburras :(
    Ooooh we also saw a rainbow lorrikeet today (I think that’s what it was)

  11. we see lots of birds here on our farm and along our creek – but my favourite it our resident tawny frogmouth owl that lives around our house and we see after dark – often on the clothes line.

  12. We were delighted to spot a rainbow lorikeet on the weekend while out and about enjoying the sunshine.

  13. We often spot Grass parrots (Neophema pulchella) on our lawn. They are beautiful birds, and it’s exciting to spot one quietly sitting there.

  14. Sadly our birds are myna birds, and that’s about it. New area, not so many trees = not so much wildlife. So this would be a lovely book for Miss 2 & Miss 4.

  15. That art is amazing, I’m going to get a copy of this book for my nephew we love to watch birds together.

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