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Money for birds .. Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony research scientist Philippa Agnew (left) receives a cheque from Percy the Little Blue Penguin author Dawn Brown (middle) and illustrator Leila Cullen. A portion of sales from the book, to be followed by a sequel, were donated to the penguin colony on Tuesday. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

A portion of the sales from a book about a little blue penguin will be used to benefit the birds.

Last year, Oamaru woman Dawn Brown, owner of Presence on Harbour, wrote a children’s book, Percy the Little Blue Penguin, based in part on a true story after a young bird wandered into her shop.

She decided to donate 50c from each book sold to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, and on Tuesday, presented a cheque for $250 to research scientist Dr Philippa Agnew.

“I was at the counter at the shop one day and saw something out of the corner of my eye, and there was a little blue penguin under a stand in the corner of the shop.

“I put him in a box and called Philippa, and she came and picked him up. I thought, ‘I could write a story about this’, so I went ahead and did.”

Dr Agnew said she made sure the penguin made it back to the sea safely the following day.

The success of the book, illustrated by Oamaru’s Leila Cullen, lent itself to a sequel.

Percy’s Return will be released later this month and continues Percy’s story.

Dr Agnew said the money received from Mrs Brown would go towards timber for new nesting boxes behind the Victorian precinct.