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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Red Fox; New Ed edition (4 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099400677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099400677
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 0.4 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Burningham is one of the most prestigious and well-loved illustrators working in the children's book field today. Trained at the Central School of Art, his first picture book, Borka was published in 1963. He has won the Kate Greenaway Award twice for Borka and Mr Gumpy's Outing, and has enjoyed a distinguished career spanning over 45 years.

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Borka is a bald goose, unlike her brothers and sisters, so her mother,Mrs Plumpster, knits her a woollen jersey which means she is warmer at night but a laughing stock among the other young geese! Poor Borka is overlooked when it is time to fly off for the winter but luckily, seeking shelter, she accidentally stows away on a boat headed for London. Her new friends, Captain McAllister and his crew on the Crombie, find her a home at Kew Gardens and here the geese do not laugh at her. She even makes a special friend, a goose called Ferdinand, who cares for her and teaches her to swim. With a nice personal touch, the story ends by asking the reader to look out, if ever visiting Kew Gardens, for a goose who looks a little different because ‘it might well be Borka'.

Children aged three to seven will love to hear this story again and again and with its echoes of the Ugly Duckling and subtle message of acceptance, they will delight in the happy ending. The illustrations are bright and bold and the impressionist quality of some in particular will make an impact on the young reader – you can almost hear the flapping of wings as the geese set off on their journey and the bleak, drizzly evening when Borka finds herself alone is vividly brought to life. This charming book has long been a childhood favourite, winning the Kate Greenaway Medal in 1964, soon after it was first published. (Ages 3 to 7) --Alison Jardine

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"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)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Teacher on 7 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
Used this to create a simple story map and to talk about migration. Also brings in notion of difference and how the other young geese treat Borka (who is different because she has no feathers) This led to development of vocabulary such as unkind, insensitive, thoughtless etc. Then there is the contrast between Borka's new friends who help her to find a good place to be.
Lovely story for all age groups. Used the artwork to consider colour, texture and techniques as a way of depicting a cold lonely landscape. The pictures produced by a Yr3 class were stunning and accompanied by writing that contained beautiful descriptive phrases to accompany the part where Borka sees the other geese flying away from the marsh.
Highly recommended on all levels.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jess P on 9 Sep 2007
Format: Paperback
I LOVED this as a child & now read it to my class of Year 1 children. It is such a heart warming story of a goose who was a "bit different". Lovely pictures and a great ending (I won't spoil it, you'll have to buy it).
Absolute classic - highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnston on 8 Oct 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought Borka for my grandson on the strength of other reviews and was not disappointed. Great story, wonderful illustrations, I'm sure it will remain a favourite for many years to come.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun 1999
Format: Paperback
This is one of my favourite stories. Borka is a bald goose who can not fly. When the other geese migrate Borka has to find a new home... This is John Burningham's first book. A great story with brilliant pictures.
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By Mrs C on 16 Jan 2014
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Borka is a really lovely book about a goose born with no feathers and his mum knits him a jumper. The other geese laugh at him so he leaves them in the and finds new friends. My daughter had the book at school and she talked about it at home so I bought it for her so we could enjoy it together at home. A simple message that conveys even if we are different we can all have friends.
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