The Bantam and the Soldier
Winner of the 1997 New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards. It is wartime in Europe. A young soldier from 'a country on the other side of the world' rescues and brings back to health a little bantam, and in the midst of the fighting and devastation an unusual friendship is formed. Every morning the bantam lays an egg for the soldier and his friends and becomes the center of their affection and hopes for the end of the war.
Jennifer Beck is a former teacher and psychologist, and an award-winning writer and author of more than forty-five children's books. Her books have been recognised at the New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards in the Picture Book, Book of the Year and Children's Choice categories, and have been included in the Storylines Notable Books lists. Jennifer is married with one son and three daughters, and lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
Robyn Belton grew up on a farm near Wanganui, then went on to study painting at the Canterbury University School of Fine Arts. Married with three children, Robyn lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. Robyn's first storybook was The Duck in the Gun, written by Joy Cowley. She has won the Russell Clark Medal for Illustration twice (for Duck in the Gun, and Herbert the Brave Sea Dog). With many major awards to her name, in 2006 Robyn was awarded the prestigious Margaret Mahy Medal.