Why is the kiwi so different from other birds? The answer is revealed in this rhyming story about Rewi the Kiwi. Today Rewi is a rather solitary fellow, creeping through the undergrowth in remote parts of New Zealand, but once he was a most outgoing, neighbourly bird, a master of the air and a hot contender for the bird speed record. Youngsters will love the story in verse with its pleasing rhythms. This enchanting tale is beautifully illustrated with black and white line drawings, which really capture the poignancy and sadness within the story of the flightless bird, now the most well known national symbol of New Zealand.
Keywords: verse, rhymes, poem, poetry, story, birds, fable, New Zealand, illustrated tale, owl, tuis, friends