Publication Date: October 27, 2009
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Puffling is a baby—small, white, and very hungry. Every day he waits in the burrow while his parents, Big Stripy Beak and Long Black Feather hunt for food. As he grows, Puffling dreams of the day when he will leave his nest and fly away—but he isn’t ready yet, not until he’s tall and brave enough to fend for himself. Every day Puffling asks his parents, but every day they say he must wait until he has grown bigger. Will he ever be ready to head out into the world on his own?
This story about how love makes us strong, brave, and happy, too, is perfect for so many milestones: first times with babysitters, first days of school, and even graduation.
MARGARET WILD is one of Australia’s leading authors of children’s books, and her books have sold around the world. Her many acclaimed titles include Miss Lily’s Fabulous Pink Feather Boa, and Woolvs in the Sitee, as well as Our Granny, which was also illustrated by Julie Vivas.
JULIE VIVAS is the illustrator of many well known books for children, including Possum Magic and The Nativity. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with her family.
Praise for Puffling:
“Human children, tiptoeing into an ever widening world, will find comfort and inspiration in this feathered family.” —The Washington Post
“Vivas's meticulously drafted pastels distinguish this coming-of-age story by the team behind Our Granny. … [M]ost will identify with his nascent sense of independence and adventure—and the confidence Puffling demonstrates when he successfully makes the big plunge.” —Publishers Weekly
“In a palette that moves from the warm browns of the burrow to the vibrant blues and greens of the ocean waves, the spacious pictures blend cozy with wild and, like the gentle words, show how nurturing gives an individual strength.” —Booklist, starred review
“This simple story finds originality and strength by refusing to assign gender roles, or even gender, to the puffling’s caregivers. Big Stripy Beak and Long Black Feather, in their quiet neutrality, allow readers to see exactly what parents of any age, gender or configuration do—feed, love and prepare their baby for that great race to the surf.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Illustrated in the rich browns of the burrow and dark blues of the ocean, Puffling beautifully tells the universal story of growth and maturity. Modern parents might learn a thing or two about raising children to be brave and strong so they will be ready for their own scary world. Puffling is a book to read over and over.” —BookPage
“This feel-good story about the early weeks in the life of a puffling offers children a glimpse at the bird’s life cycle and a predictable analogy between its loving family and those of readers.” —School Library Journal
“Margaret Wild, a leading Australian leading author of children's books has written another classic story of family love and having the courage to strike out alone.” —Ballarat Courier, Australia
“This is a story that is sure to touch everyone, parents and children alike.” —Bookseller & Publisher magazine, Australia