Treasure Beyond Measure

If ever there was a trip you need to take, it’s this Collective Noun Safari.

Be entertained by the creatures and the words you’ll encounter as you travel through the pages.

Some are fierce. Some are funny. All are fascinating and each is precious to this planet.

Yet, one extremely dangerous creature threatens to steer the journey off-course.

Ultimately, only YOU can determine the destination!

This Collective Noun Safari takes the reader on a journey through its pages discovering funny and fascinating names for groups of animals until it comes across one extremely dangerous creature; a species that steers the safari in a completely different and thought-provoking direction. The rhyming verse by New Zealand author Helen Griffiths is matched perfectly with Simon Chadwick’s clever and entertainingly complex illustrations. It’s one literary ride you won’t want to miss!

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For readers aged 7-12


Imagine this world without ‘a memory’ of elephants, ‘a crash’ of rhinos or ‘an embarrassment’ of pandas – the existence of these creatures is truly precious and their value is incalculable. They are, indeed, a treasure beyond measure.

Treasure Beyond Measure marries the importance of biodiversity with the defining qualities of collective nouns and in doing so, conveys a powerful conservational message. This provides a significant point of difference from any other collective noun publication.

Inspired by Conservation Week 2017, Helen wrote a short rhyming poem which she went on to perform at WOMAD 2018. The response to it was so positive that she was asked by various audience members if she’d consider turning it into a children’s book. And so began the literary adventure that ultimately turned into a safari, a Collective Noun Safari.


10-year-old reader ~ “It is a very good book and my favourite part is that you learn about different animals. It would be cool for little kids to listen to and big kids to read.”

Janice Marriott, children’s author ~ “Witty, cleverly rhythmic text and the illustrations capture the character of each animal beautifully”

A mum ~ “It’s a great literary adventure and inspires appreciation for animals while galvanising the next generation to action. We are looking forward to having copies to cherish and gift!”

Meet the Kiwi author

Helen Griffiths has more than 25 years of experience working as children’s speech language therapist and primary school teacher instilled a passion for words, children and education. Helen turned her hand to poetry in 2017 and quickly achieved success, featuring on Phantom Billstickers hoardings and writing for the New Zealand Poetry Society. She became a featured poet in the Ad Lib Literary Festival 2018, the Taranaki Arts Trail 2019, Spiegelfest 2019 and now graces the stage annually at WOMAD NZ.

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Dimensions28.5 × 21.5 × 4 cm

Softcover edition



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Rumpus Books NZ


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