Winning Year: 1963 Illustrator: John Burningham Title: Borka: the Adventure of a Goose with No Feathers
Cape Current Publisher:
Jonathan Cape Format:
9780224064941 In Print
Borka one of six goslings hatched by Mrs Plumster, is different from the rest, she has no feathers. The doctor advises the distressed mother to knit some for her daughter, but the grey jersey makes swimming and flying equally difficult and Borka is left behind when the family migrate in the autumn.
John Burningham was born 1936. He trained at the Central School of Art and Design, London. His first picture book, Borka was published in 1963. He is married to Helen Oxenbury, another popular children's illustrator.
He says that, "Drawing is like playing the piano; it's not a mechanical skill like bricklaying and you have to practise constantly to keep it fluent. Even after 40 years it doesn't get any easier. When I draw I'm conscious of looking for a lively line - though what defines a lively line is difficult to say- but a bald outline would not be very interesting, obviously. A dipping pen is good - the weight of the line alters the pressure you put on, so you get a bit of variety."
We read this book in may 2008 as part of our literacy work in year two. Some of us liked this book and thought it was our favourite book ever! we liked it because borka was special, the ending was happy and the pictures were beautiful.
year two, wix primary school, battersea, london
This is the first book i remember reading, and is one of the closest books to my heart. It tells the story of borka, the gosling with no feathers, and how she finds her place in the goose world. It consists of wonderful illusrations, and a memorable story that young children with cherish for years!!