Kakapo Dance by Helen Taylor (2014)

The kakapo is a pretty crazy bird; it booms. Well “boom” seems to be the official description, although I’m not convinced it accurately describes this.

Full to the feathers with wonderful New Zealand birds, Kakapo Dance is a celebration of all things kiwi (although interestingly, kiwi is one of the few native birds not to make it into the story!)

All the birds strut their stuff. Tui likes to bop and clang while Kereru likes to coo and glide, “But Kakapo DON’T sing or dance, we’re just not made that way!”

Luckily Kakapo doesn’t need to miss out on the fun, with a repertoire of booming, thudding, tumbling and shuffling, he too makes the bush come alive.

The illustrations are spectacular and each native bird has a chance to be the centre of attention, although quite rightly, Kakapo ultimately steals the show.

A beautiful New Zealand picture book.

Check out Kakapo dance at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Kakapo dance from Fishpond.

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