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Meg A. Feather and the Forest Games

by Kaye Fox and Mike Banks

Illustration from the book called Going to The Games
Going to The Games

Meg A. Feather is one feisty, spunky kiwi chick.  She’s just cycled around New Zealand on a bike made of number 8 wire, and now she’s saving the annual Forest Games from the dastardly deeds of stoats, weasels, rats, possums, cats and ferrets.  And what an adventure it is, full of commotion, some kerfuffle and it’s really higgledy-piggledy.

A Bored Meeting is convened to organise the Games.  It soon becomes a Bored Meeting.

Illustration of Kiwi bosses in a watercolour - The Bored Meeting
Bored Meeting

The Pigeon Sisters have flown in for a slice of the action for a special ‘One Night Only’ performance.

Illustration of the Pigeon Sisters entertain the crowd
Pigeon Sisters entertain the crowd

The Forest Games feature such favourites as the Frog High Jump to the Kiwi zigzag Race,to the famous Tumbledown and the Kiwi Karate, The Backstroke, The Butterfly, Horse Jumping, Kaka Wrestling, Ant Weightlifting and more, it’s bound to be a big night in more ways than one!

Illustration from the book of one of the races... The Butterfly, Horse Jumping and High Diving
The Butterfly, Horse Jumping and High Diving

All the Press and TV crews are at the games and some of the competitions get quite rough. As with all good stories, there are goodies and baddies, and comeuppances for the dastardly deeds of the biggest villain.

 

“A kiwi classic – once in our beaks, we wouldn’t put it down” (The Knightly Kiwi)

“This is the best book my Dad’s ever read to me. He’s the 100-beak backstroke champion too” (Kevin Kiwi’s son)

“Move over Winnie-the-Pooh, Meg’s coming through… on her bike” (Kiwi chick)

“This book’s got my hoot!” (Millicent Morepork, grandmother of 27 grandchicks)

 

A desire to help the plight of the Kiwi in New Zealand resulted in a great little children’s book full of beautiful original watercolour paintings for you to enjoy.

This book is dedicated to Snoopy, a very special one-legged kiwi and his mate Sparky (photo, also with one leg) at The Native Bird Recovery Centre, Whangarei, and the tireless efforts of his guardian, Robert and Robyn Webb.

Sparky