143 pp., 4to., illus., hardcover, d.w. , Johannesburg, 2012
Author Marguerite Poland recalls the birds that inhabited her childhood and the role they played in her family's life. She also discusses the myths and traditions associated with the different birds, and their names in Zulu and Xhosa culture.
Marguerite Poland's fiction includes "Train to Doringbult", "Shades", "Iron Love" and "Recessional for Grace". In 2003, together with artist Leigh Voigt and David Hammond-Tooke, she wrote "The Abundant Herds: a celebration of the Nguni cattle of the Zulu people". She has also written children's books, including "The Mantis and the Moon" and "The Woodash Stars".