Storm boy and his father live alone in a humpy among the sandhills between the Southern Ocean and the Coorong - a lonely, narrow waterway that runs parallel to a long stretch of the South Australian coast. Among the teeming birdlife of the Coorong, Storm Boy finds an injured young pelican whose life he saves. From then on, Storm boy and Mr Percival the pelican become inseparable friends and spend their days exploring the wave-beaten shore and the drifting sandhills. Mr Percival learns to help Storm Boy's father with his fishing and warn the other birdlife whenever poachers are coming, but his part in rescuing a shipwrecked crew leads to great changes in Storm Boy's life.
For over fifty years Australian children have been captivated by this timeless, unforgettable tale of friendship. Commended by the Children's Book Council of Australia in 1964, adapted for film, stage and audio dramatisation, and now newly illustrated by Andrew Davies in this gift edition, Storm Boy has profoundly touched generations of readers and become a classic work of Australian children's literature.
The Storm Boy: Rescue board book is being released to tie in with the 55th anniversary edition of the Australian classic novella and the remake of the movie, which will star Jai Courtney and Geoffrey Rush. Storm Boy is the timeless story of Mike "Storm Boy" Kingley who rescues three pelican chicks after their mother is shot. One of the birds, Mr Percival, forms a very special bond with the boy which brings into focus the conflict between his lifestyle in the remote Coorong of South Australia and the external pressures of society including his schooling.