Once upon a time there were two geese called Mr and Mrs Plumpster. Each Spring they returned to the marshes of their ancestors, and Mrs Plumpster laid her eggs. Soon six fine young Plumpsters hatched- Archie, Freda, Jennifer, Oswald, Timothy and Borka. But Borka was different. Borka had no feathers and could not fly. When winter came the other geese flew off in search of warmer climates, leaving Borka all alone. But her adventure was only just beginning . . .
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.