I adore picture books. I really do. And, I’ve decided in recent years to find cute picture books from neat places as my souvenir when I travel. I forgot to buy one on my trip to New Zealand this spring, but my brother and sister-in-law picked this one up for me and brought it all the way to Canada.
Pee Wee the Lonely Kiwi Finds a New Friend
is one of these beautiful books.
A delightful picture book about Pee Wee the Kiwi looking for a friend. The book introduces the reader to an array of New Zealand birds. Bluey the Penguin wanted to play in the water but Pee Wee can’t swim. Leah the Kea wants to be naughty but Pee Wee does not. Stewie the Tui who liked to sing but Pee Wee can’t sing. Thomas the Thrush who flew too fast, Pee Wee can’t fly. Until he meets Noah the Moa who is just like Pee Wee. The book, written in rhyming verse, enables children to identify with Pee Wee as he tries to find a friend that he feels comfortable to play with. (Goodreads)
This book, written by Blair Cooper and illustrated by Cheryl Smith, tells the story of little Pee Wee, a kiwi bird, who can’t seem to find another bird friend. Kiwis are nocturnal, flightless birds native to New Zealand. Throughout the book, Pee Wee comes across various other native New Zealand birds and tries to make friends with them.
The illustrations are both elegant and simple, with bold colours and strong characterizations for each type of bird. And, it came with this adorable little stuffed kiwi bird. He’s so soft!
The book even includes a page of kiwi bird facts. It’s cute and fun for me, and nature-nerdy for my biologist sister-in-law. (And yes, we did have a read-aloud story time with a group of 30-something adults when they came to visit and brought the book…).
What beautiful books have you discovered?