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Delve into the amazing world of Sydney’s Little Penguins with the newly released Flip & Flap – we have 10 copies up for grabs!

Sydney’s Little Penguins at Manly are classified as endangered and are the last breeding colony on the NSW mainland. In less than 8 years, the number of breeding penguins has dropped from 140 to 46, with more than half the fatalities caused by predators, boat strikes, or penguins becoming entangled in fishing lines and hooks.

Flip & Flap is a newly released children’s picture book by Australian artist and author Pam Slattery, and is suitable for ages 3 – 7 years. The idea for the book germinated in 2005 when Pam was a resident of Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. She worked in Paddington and was fortunate to be living right on the harbour at Point Piper. It was from her “front row seat” that Pam was able to study the Little Penguins and see first-hand all the dangers that they encountered in Sydney Harbour. At that time there were estimated to be only 46 breeding pairs in the Manly colony.

The harbour was busy back in 2005 and it is even busier today, with myriad watercraft utilising its waters. Little Penguins are constantly in danger and forced to dodge ferries, jet boats and floating garbage in order to survive. This book tells the story of two Little Penguins who leave the safety of their colony and head out into Sydney Harbour. They soon realise that the city is NOT the place for penguins as they encounter many dangers on their journey. The aim of the story is to bring an awareness of how marine creatures can be affected by humans, floating garbage, marine craft and domestic animals.

Pam cares about birds and the preservation of Australia’s wildlife, and together with Brisbane based publishers, Boolarong Press, she has teamed up with the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW) whereby a portion of the profits from sales of Flip and Flap will be donated to assist in the protection and preservation of Sydney’s Little Penguin population. The FNPW funds the Manly Little Penguin Program to manage this endangered population. Funds go towards monitoring of the Little Penguin population, provision of resources for volunteers and educational activities.

About the Author

From 1999 – 2001 Pam was an artist-in-residence at the Radisson Treetops Resort, Port Douglas and at Silky Oaks Lodge, Mossman, Queensland, where she spent weeks at a time living and painting in tropical beach and rainforest surroundings. Her first book, Cobber, which was inspired by her time living in Cairns, was published in 2020 and featured another of Australia’s endangered birds, the Southern Cassowary.

All the illustrations in Flip and Flap, and Cobber are painted in watercolour, which is Pam’s favoured medium. As well as painting larger works, Pam also paints miniatures and is a member of the Australian Society of Miniature Art (NSW) Inc.

Pam has won many awards during her 42-year art career. Her paintings have been selected twice for the prestigious Birds in Art exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wisconsin, USA, and both paintings were purchased by the museum as part of their permanent collection.

In 2016, Pam moved to the Southern Tablelands of NSW, where she paints and writes from her studio on the outskirts of the historic village of Burrawang.

Get your hands on a copy of Flip & Flap now.

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  • What a beautiful backstory there is to this book! The Little Penguin species is my favourite and I have very fond memories of viewing and learning about them at Phillip Island in Victoria, as a child. I’ll have to dig up some old photos to show my kids and read Flip Flop together!


  • Fairy penguin is my all time favourite but I really love them all
    We were down at Phillip island and watch the penguins come in from the ocean to the nest it was incredible


  • Fairy Penguin – So cute and adorable.


  • I love fairy penguins; it may be stereotypical but they are just gorgeous and I love they are native to Australia.


  • I love the little penguins – we saw them at Phillip Island many years ago. They are so adorable


  • The emperor penguin is amazing and I have seen them up close in winter at Munich zoo of all places lol


  • Can never have too many books for my little ones and the fact that gives the kids another chance to learn about Australian wildlife is a huge bonus


  • Its a toss up between the determined chin strap penguin or the royal penguin who walks with flare and determination


  • Little Penguins have a special place in my heart – seeing them in their natural habitat on a trip to Tasmania is a highlight of my life! They are the cutest little penguin with so much personality!


  • Emporer penguin, because the male penguin incubates the egg, and I believe that males should be doing all the work carrying children and give us females a break!


  • Eastern rockhopper penguins are my favourite. Spiky punk hairdo and bouncing from rock to rock. Absolutely love them


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  • My girls love reading books all together, every night we sit down and read at least one before bed. We have a trip to sydney coming up and it would be amazing to win this book to read with out children in the lead up.


  • Ferry Penguins. They are so cute. My daughter loves that they are so small and likes to imitate their waddle.


  • I recently saw a documentary regarding the penguins at South Georgia down near the Antartica. Wow – so many & so beautiful, very regal at times – I loved the Emperor Penguin – standing so straight and so gentle.


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