Author(s): Annemarie Florian
The Kea is the only parrot in the world that lives in alpine areas and it faces increasing threats to its survival. Kea are incredibly intelligent birds with advanced problem-solving skills and capacity for learning.This social bird is known for its interaction with visitors to national parks and its inquisitive antics can become somewhat annoying. A combination of first-person monologue and a fact-based story paint a vivid portrait of this unique parrot, its habitat, special characteristics and the challenges it faces for its future.Striking illustrations capture the cheeky and engaging personality of this special parrot, its distinctive plumage and its rugged habitat and together with the text conveys why the Kea is a natural treasure.
Annemarie Floian is a writer for younger readers. This is her seventh book, others include: Gentle Giant Wetapunga and Karearea, Fearless Falcon. Her first in the Threatened NZ species, Kiwi won the children's choice non-fiction award in 2013. Alistair Hughes is an illustrator, graphic designer and writer.After many years with a large media organisation he decided to set up his own business: Shoreline Creative. This is his third book.