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Meet Peter Blake, the famous New Zealand yachtsman, who won the world's most famous yacht races and worked to help save the world's precious waterways.

A stunning biographical picture book for young readers about Sir Peter Blake, world-renowned New Zealand yachtsman, adventurer and environmentalist.

“Remember,” he wrote, “this is the most beautiful world, and it's the only one we've got.”

Sir Peter Blake’s life was filled with amazing adventures. During his 30-year career on the ocean, he sailed around the globe, won the world’s most famous races and broke records. Even his red socks became a national sensation. But no matter how many trophies Peter won, he always knew the survival of our planet was more important.

This illustrated picture book, by an acclaimed author and illustrator, tells the remarkable story of a true Kiwi hero. It is the fourth book in their bestselling series about famous New Zealanders.


The dream-team of Hill and Morris is back with the fourth in a thoughtful series of picture books recounting the life stories of some of New Zealand’s most daring record breakers. This focuses on sailor and environmentalist Sir Peter Blake’s remarkable life, explaining in straightforward writing and charming illustrations how he sailed from a North Shore childhood to become one of the world’s greatest yachtsman. It’s a chance for adults to reminisce about Team New Zealand’s America’s Cup triumphs — and the red socks — as well as talk with young readers about the natural world and why Sir Peter wanted to make a difference . . . leaving readers with the chance to think about how we can all work to make the world a better place.

Dionne Christian and Zoe Gadd, Weekend Herald

An absorbing account of a true Kiwi hero

Ruth McIntyre, Australian Women's Weekly

A beautiful biographical picture book that allows a new generation of Kiwi kids to learn about Sir Peter Blake. A stellar tribute to one of New Zealand’s greatest heroes, with great illustrations from Phoebe Morris.

Paddy Richardson, Heidi North, and Rebekah Fraser., Judges' comments, NZ Booklovers Awards

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 1, 2018


    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • NZ Booklovers Award
    NZ Booklovers Award for Best Children’s Book