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Phylys the Farm Truck by Christine Fernyhough & Susan Elijas. Photo. John Bougan

October 23, 2013

phylys truckPhylys the Farm Truck by Christine Fernyhough & Susan Elijas, Photo. John Bougan. Pub. Random House, 2013.

Great new Zealand picture book. It is Christine Fernyhough’s own story personified in the character of Phylys a brand new golden Ute.

When Phylys comes to the high country farm the animals think she’s a bit new, a bit flash, a city girl with a lot to learn. Phylys does learn plenty in her first week at work as she slips in cow poo, gets stuck in a river, slides into a fence and all with good humour and determination. At the end of the week she does something special that endears her to the animals who welcome her as one of them.

The illustrations by Susan Elijas are collage on top of John Bougan’s photographs of the farm. The written text and dialogue of the animals is carefully placed so that farm life is for all to see. The doe eyed innocence of Phylus on her first day is slowly replaced by the working truck that has been accepted at the end.

Great little picture book for city kids to learn of farm life and for country kids who can identify with what is happening. Should be a market for overseas children who want a snatch of new Zealand.

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