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  • Author

    Krista Bell
  • Illustrator

    Ann James
  • Publisher

    Little Ark, Allen & Unwin


An illustrated short story in a picture book format, which I wrote for middle to upper primary readers.

This is the story of an upper primary school boy who finds a wild pigeon while he’s out bike riding and takes it home until it learns to fly. ‘Pidge’ soon becomes a special part of the family. When it’s time to return the pigeon to the wild, the boy wonders whether he should let it go or keep it.

My eldest son, Ben, was twelve when he found the original ‘Pidge’ and brought it home. Indeed it came with us to seaside Point Lonsdale for a week of family holiday fun! But there were no crows and he took months, not days, to learn to fly.

PIDGE was published in paperback in 1997 by Little Ark, Allen & Unwin. It’s illustrated by award winning Melbourne illustrator Ann James. Now out of print in English, it’s available in Korean!! My first book to be translated into a language other than English.


If you would like Krista to visit your school, to give talks or do some workshops, please contact her via email for pricing and availability.

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