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As Kuku Slept

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As Kuku Slept


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As Kuku Slept by Erin Devlin
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Kingi Kereru wakes up one moonlit night to find a possum about to raid his nest and attack his baby, Kuku. He and his mate Queenie chase the possum away, leaving Grandpa Kukupa guarding Kuku's as they fly up to investigate. As they fly further they see hundreds, then thousands, then millions of possums gorging on leaves and berries, and stealing eggs and chicks from nests. Sad and exhausted, they fly homewards. When they stop for a rest, they are encouraged by the sight of people working to save the kereru, setting traps for possums and other pests. This charming rhyming story tells the story of the kereru, our native wood pigeon, which is now a threatened species. At the end of the book there are facts about the kereru and the dangers facing them, as well as information about possums and the damage that they do to our native flora and fauna.
Release date NZ
May 31st, 2006
Illustrated by Annie Jeannes
Country of Publication
New Zealand
colour illustrations
Raupo Publishing (NZ) Ltd
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