The Bowerbird

The Bowerbird

Illustrated by Catherine Rayner

A snail shell, a silver bell,
The wrapper from a caramel,
Plus the pretty purple flower.
Now will you come inside my bower?

Poor bowerbird Bert doesn’t have much luck wooing haughty Nanette. Even when his collection of offerings grows to include a marble and a mobile phone, she just wants “More, more, more.”  Is he doomed to a life of solitude?

Julia says ...

I got the idea for this story from a programme by David Attenborough about bowerbirds and discovered how they collected enticing objects – and sometimes stole from one another.