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Magpie’s Gift

October 1, 2005

Magpie’s Gift

By Rebecca Johnson and Steve Parish, Pascal Press, 2006.

Cover of a book with a photograph of a magpie on a branch

Mr Magpie searches high and low for items that he can give to Mrs Magpie to help build a nest. Magpie’s Gift brings us a lovely magpie story. I really quite enjoyed this story, even though it is a bit twee, but it also quite sweet.

Mr Magpie finds a piece of blue wool that he wants to give to Mrs Magpie as a gift for her nest, but a bowerbird gets to it first. A friendly numbat advises Mr Magpie that he should try asking the bowerbird for the wool, but says he should take something blue to exchange for the wool. Mr Magpie takes a blue clothes peg and manages to succeed in obtaining the blue wool for his wife.

I think there is some gender confusion as sometimes on pages talking about Mrs Magpie, a male magpie is photographed.

Overall a sweet story with great pictures of magpies.



Wrap Up

Magpie's Gift

  • 6.5/10
  • 6.8/10
  • 6/10
    Educational content
  • 0.1/10
  • 5/10


  • Endearing story.
  • Great photographs of the Australian magpie.


  • A bit twee.

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