Saturday, June 13, 2009

Two new non-fiction books from New Holland

I am a Penguin by Barbara Todd, illustrated by Helen Taylor
ISBN 978 1 86966 246 2 RRP $14.99

I'm a bird with two wings
But don't look in the sky
Because I am a penguin
And penguins can't fly!

Written in verse we learn all about the Penguin's life cycle, the different types of penguins, and their different habitats. At the back of the book are more facts about the penguin and a page of activities for teachers and parents to do with their child.

Barbara Todd is a naturalist, researcher and educator who has studied whales and dolphins, seabirds and the marine environment in the northern and southern hemispheres. She has written nine other children's books on natural history.

An enjoyable read for 4-6 year olds and a useful resource for school projects. The illustrations by Helen Taylor and beautiful photographs compliment the book perfectly.
Invaders: Animals from elsewhere that are causing trouble here by Nic Vallance and Rod Morris, ISBN 978 1 86966 209 7 RRP $19.99

Invaders reveals how deadly our cats, dogs and other introduced animals can be, and how even tiny trespassers such as ants can leave a big trail of trouble. It also explains how you can do your bit to help protect native wildlife.

Invaders is the first book in a new series from Nic and Rod about New Zealand's amazing nature. An excellent resource for the classroom and home for children 8-12 years old to help with projects about New Zealand wildlife and their predators. Having read and written quite a bit about predators myself - I can vouch there is lots of new information in this book. Children will enjoy the catchy titles: Rodent Raiders, Moose on the Loose, Freshwater Fraud, Kung Fu Kiwi, and quirky facts.

Children might recognise Nic Vallance from the 'Meet the Locals' series. She has a first-class degree in Zoology and a postgrad diploma in history film-making and communication.

Rod Morris has written and photographed many natural history books and is considered one of the country's most talented photographers and film-makers.

1 comment:

Nicola said...

Hi Maria!
Thanks for your kind words - i'm glad you liked Invaders... it was a labour of love alright.

I recently purchased Rangitoto, and I thoroughly enjoyed it - what a lovely book, and i learned heaps. I especially liked the kaka telling the story throughout.

Nic Vallance