John Burningham's classic first picture book reissued with the original cover rescanned and redesigned for its 50th anniversary.
John Burningham is one of the most prestigious and best-loved illustrators working in the children's book field today. He trained at the Central School of Art and his first picture book, Borka was published in 1963. He has won numerous awards during his distinguished career including the Kate Greenaway Medal (twice) and the Kurt Maschler Award, and his books are enjoyed by children all over the world. John is married to acclaimed illustrator Helen Oxenbury and they live in Hampstead, North London.
Borka: The Adventures of a Goose with No Feathers by John Cunningham, now in a 40th anniversary edition, stars a featherless goose who wears a sweater knitted by her mother. However, Borka's siblings do not accept her, and her family migrates when winter arrives, forgetting her completely. How she ultimately finds love and acceptance makes for a grand adventure. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
When I was little, this was my favourite book; when my children
were little, it was their favourite book. The story of how Borka,
the youngest of six geese born to Mr and Mrs Plumpster without any
feathers, is a touching tale of motherly love and triumph over
adversity. Mrs Plumpster immediately knits poor, bald Borka a grey
woollen jumper but when the family migrates south, Borka gets left
behind because she can't fly. The abandoned goose is befriended by
a friendly boat skipper who takes her on his boat back to London,
where she is given a new home at Kew Gardens. The other geese don't
mind about her having no feathers because there are so many other
strange birds at Kew and anything goes. Borka is republished to
celebrate its 50th anniversary. -- Katie Law * Evening Standard
Cape is right to publish this golden goose of an edition for an as-yet-uninitiated generation * Observer *