How Philippa Met Harry
|Author:||Val Catchpoole and Rosemary Osborn|
How Philippa Met Harry:A Brisbane River Story is a picturebook for children aged 3 to 8 about a real Pekin duck that lives on the banks of the Brisbane River near a busy suburban Ferry Terminal at Bulimba.
Most days this beautiful white Pekin duck that we have called Philippa, can be seen on the little muddy, rocky banks of the river next to the quaint ferry terminal. Very often Philippa has a companion duck that is standing or sitting or walking quite near her. We have called this duck, Harry, and he is a member of a flock of native Australian ducks known as Pacific Black ducks whereas Philippa is a domestic duck that either escaped from a duck farm somehow or who had been kept as a pet.
Actual photographs of the ducks and the other birds that live around them are used to tell this story about how Philippa becomes friendly with Harry and then joins his flock to fly and paddle with Harry down the river to a beautiful island in a creek draining into the Brisbane River. This island is actually in an industrialised area quite close to the busy Gateway Bridge. However, the ducks and other birds like the black swans and the purple swamp hens simply get on with their lives and seem not to be worried by the sounds of the heavy trucks and other vehicles going over the nearby bridge.
The story traces how Philippa spends the night at the island with Harry and the other ducks before making her way back to the banks of the river near the Bulimba Ferry Terminal with Harry as her new friend.
This is a story about how important it is to have friends and about how we can live happily side by side with our beautiful feathered friends.