Author(s): Jennifer Beck
Moving house can be chaotic at the best of times but during Gypsy Week many farming families in New Zealand transport a herd of cows as well. For scores of farmers and sharemilkers around the country, June 1st has become known as Gypsy Day - when farms change ownership and families move entire households, farm equipment and cattle to a new property on busy Queen's Birthday weekend.
This evocative story celebrates an important day on the New Zealand farming calendar through the eyes of a young boy and his sister. Light, humorous illustrations by Lisa Allen capture life on the farm, with the fun of calf day, trapping eels in the creek, building tree huts and keeping rabbits. And there's a surprise ending that all children can relate to.
The last two pages of the book provide further information about Gypsy Day in New Zealand.
A former teacher and psychologist Jennifer Beck has written numerous children's books, and she is the recipient of many prizes. The Bantam and the Soldier won the Picture Book Category and the Book of the Year in the 1997 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards, and in 2006 she won the Children's Choice Award, with Nobody's Dog. She lives in Auckland.
Lisa Allen is a freelance illustrator and designer. She also paints on commision and teahes art. She has three children and lives on a lifestyle block north of Auckland.