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  • Published: 25 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780143505518
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99
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Ziba Came on a Boat


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Based on real events, this is the moving story of a little refugee girl's brave journey across the sea to make a new life, far from home. This lyrical story is accompanied by stunning illustrations by the acclaimed Robert Ingpen.

Ziba came on a boat. A soggy old fishing boat that creaked and moaned as it rose and fell, rose and fell across an endless sea ...

Based on real events, Ziba Came on a Boat is the moving story of a little girl whose family has lost almost everything. This beautiful picture book takes us on her brave journey to make a new life, far from home.

'This tender story of hope is timeless.' The Sunday Age

  • Pub date: 25 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9780143505518
  • Imprint: Picture Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Authors

Liz Lofthouse

Liz Lofthouse was born in Perth, WA, and lived there with her husband and their two daughters. After becoming a primary school teacher, Liz also worked in a volunteer capacity with local refugees. She was inspired to write Ziba Came on a Boat after hearing stories told by people from the Hazara community – refugees from Afghanistan who now live in Perth. Liz passed away from melanoma in 2018.

Robert Ingpen

Robert Ingpen rose to prominence with his illustrations for Colin Thiele's Storm Boy. However, he is as well known for his work with environmental, conservational and historical projects as he is for writing and illustrating children's books. He was one of the founders of the Australian Conservation Foundation and is responsible for designing the flag and coat of arms for the Northern Territory and stamps for the Captain Cook Bicentenary and the 50th anniversary of CSIRO. He has also worked for the United Nations, designing pamphlets on fisheries.Ingpen was born in Geelong in 1936. After studying art at RMIT, he worked with the CSIRO, specialising in relating design to scientific research. It is this early experience, and his diverse interests that mark Robert Ingpen as an exceptional illustrator, combining fantasy with science and history with the present. His illustrations for Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes In Between are an exquisite example of his talent. Robert Ingpen won the international Hans Christian Anderson Medal in 1986, for his illustrations, and the Dromkeen medal in 1989.


Praise for Ziba Came on a Boat

“Ziba Came on a Boat uses powerful words and the sweeping accompaniment of Ingpen's drawings to impart its message of tragedy, courage and hope.”

The West Australian

“It's difficult to know what to praise first: Liz Lofthouse's compelling, elegantly pared back tale about a young refugee, or Robert Ingpen's hauntingly beautiful illustrations.”

The Sunday Age

“This tender story of hope is timeless.”

The Sunday Age


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