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Borka: The Adventure of a Goose with No Feathers

Written by John Burningham

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Greenaway winner in 1963.

John Burningham's classic first picture book, Borka: The Adventures of a Goose with no Feathers is somewhat reminiscent of the Ugly Duckling story and like that story there is an eventual happy ending.  Together the illustrations and the text tell a vivid and charming story that bring the characters to life on the page.  This is likely to have a been a real childhood favourite when it won the Kate Greenaway Medal back in 1964 and its timeless nature will ensure a new generation of children will love it too. (0-5)

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Borka: The Adventure of a Goose with No Feathers Synopsis

'Once upon a time there were two geese called Mr and Mrs Plumpster.' Each Spring they returned to the marshes of their ancestors, and Mrs Plumpster layed her eggs. Soon six fine young Plumpsters hatched: Archie, Freda, Jennifer, Oswald, Timothy and Borka. But Borka was different. Borka had no feathers and could not fly. When winter came the other geese flew off in search of warmer climates, leaving Borka all alone. But her adventure was only just beginning... 

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ISBN: 9780224064941
Publication date: 06/03/2003
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780224064941
Publication date: 6th March 2003
Author: John Burningham
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers

About John Burningham

John Burningham (1936-2019) studied illustration and graphic design at the Central School of Art, graduating with distinction in 1959. Many illustration commissions followed including iconic posters for London Transport, before the publication of Borka: the Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers, John’s first book for children (Cape, 1963) which won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and heralded the beginning of an extraordinary career. John Burningham has since written and illustrated over thirty picture books, that have been translated and distributed all over the world. These feature his classic and much loved children’s books including Chitty ...

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