Hoiho Paku (Little Hoiho Maori)
On her first venture out of the nest, Little Hoiho admires the other birds around her and tries desperately to imitate them - with unfortunate results. But when she accidentally trips and falls into the water, she discovers that she is no longer awkward and clumsy - she is graceful and agile!
Finalist: New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015
Stephanie Thatcher is an author and illustrator residing in Huia, West Auckland. After working as a librarian for seven years she completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology, and commenced working in graphic design, in Auckland and Dublin. As well as being a mum to her three boys, she has maintained a freelance career in graphic design, motion graphics and illustration work. Her first picture book, The Great Galloping Galoot, was published by Scholastic NZ in 2012.