Diana Lawrenson

— Writer —

Paraphernalia’s Present

Illustrated by Dee Huxley

ABC Books

Notable Book CBCA


Danish edition

A story about loneliness and friendship

Dottie and her hen, Paraphernalia, share breakfast, trips into town, even afternoon tea. But one day Dottie has an accident and Paraphernalia surprises her with the greatest gift of all…

Where did the idea for Paraphernalia’s Present come from?

My sister’s children treated their chooks – the Australian name for hens and chickens – like pets. They nursed the chooks on their swing and, when they could get away with it, carried them indoors. The happy chooks laid far more eggs than the family needed, and sometimes produced a clutch of chicks.