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Fledgling’s First Flight


By Dr Janice Belgrave

Illustrated by Ella Gordon

Paperback | English, Te Reo Māori

5.0 (3 reviews)

A fledgling is a baby bird who is just learning to fly.

The fledgling is a native New Zealand red-billed gull, and he finds himself in all kinds of trouble when his first flight lands him in a harakeke (flax) bush.

How will he escape from this leafy pen?

This is based on a true event, and will warm your heart, as you discover that humans and birds can interact beautifully!


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Additional information

207 × 229 mm
Paperback | 32 pages
English, Te Reo Māori
Printed by
The CopyPress
Publication Date
May 2023
Dr Janice Belgrave
Regional Interest

3 reviews for Fledgling’s First Flight

  1. Julie Green

    The rhyming story, the illustrations and the flavour are purely New Zealand. The backdrop of Smugglers Cove and the fact that this is based on a true story is very special. I think children would be caught up in the rescue of the hapless baby seagull, who was luckily observed by an animal lover. What mother would not be grateful and revisit the rescuer to thank them?

  2. Julie Green

    I loved the rhyme, the illustrations and the message in this NZ picture book. The action takes place high on the hills of Scarborough in Christchurch, and it features a drama played out before the authors eyes. Who could resist this tale complete with a rescue and the gratitude of a mother. It is all the more fascinating because it is true!

  3. Aimen

    Such a lovely book for kids and a great coffee table book. Love the visuals and the fact that it’s based on a true story makes it ever better. It’s a heartwarming tale of a rescue that the author herself experienced. The rhymes make it very easy to read aloud and is great at keeping kids engaged. Perfect gift for children of all ages! Looking forward to seeing more books from Janice.

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