Title: The Go-Away Bird
Written by Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by Catherine Rayner
Published by Pan Macmillan
RRP: $24.99 (AU)

The leafy end papers welcome the reader into this beautiful large format picture book. The Go-Away bird sits in her tree quietly and when other birds visit to try and make friends, she tells them quickly they should go away. But when the big brown bird visits, she is outdone, for he is the “Get-You” bird. Thankfully, however, the other birds come back when called by the “Come-Back” bird and help their friend.

This book is a must for reading aloud. The large format makes it perfect for a larger audience but it would also be great for a lap read. The bright colours and direction used will engage young viewers. Information is given at the back of the book about the creators and also the Go-Away bird, which lives in Africa. Be sure to include this in your next story time bird or friends sessions.

Suggested activities

Research Go-Away birds. Allocate a topic to small groups to research and have each group report to the class. Topics may include food, habitat, location, predators, size and description.

Art/Craft – Make a mural of various birds. You might like to include favourite birds, birds from your local area, or birds from Africa, where the Go-Away bird is from. Paint the background using leaf stencils to look similar to the endpapers in the book.

Ask the class if they have a favourite bird, or bird call. At home they might like to take photos of birds they find in their backyard, or local park. Students can draw their bird, research their bird, or write a story about their bird.

Many thanks to Pan Macmillan Australia for supplying this book for review.