Sunday, June 7, 2009

Two new Non-fiction Picture books

Rangitoto: Te toka tu moana, The rock standing in the ocean by Maria Gill, illustrated by Heather Arnold (Penguin) ISBN: 978 014 350334-7 RRP $19.95

Something's not right ...
My feathers are on edge.
I can feel trembling under my claws.
Look, there are bubbles coming out of the sea!
And that burning smell is getting stronger.
Where's that rumbling coming from?
Take flight! Take flight to the mainland!

Rangitoto tells the dramatic story of Auckland's most striking icon - its volcanic birth, the kaka's connection to Rangitoto, the imprint of humans on its fragile wildlife, and how the island's guardians are saving it today.

Maria Gill (that's me) reveals Rangitoto's explosive history and leads the reader to the present with the use of creative non-fiction (narration) but also has on the sides: facts, myths and legends, time lines and glossaries for the older reader to delve into. Heather Arnold has used a mix of acrylic paints and photography to achieve the colourful illustrations in the book.

Teachers download a teaching resource Kids make a volcano

Save Our Seas by Maria Gill, illustrated by Vivienne Lingard (New Holland)
ISBN 978 186966 2301 $19.95

Join Skipper L.B. Tross on a voyage around New Zealand. You will discover fascinating facts about the amazing creatures and plants that live in and beside the sea, such as dolphins, whales, penguins and more.

Inspired by the environmental work achieved by the legendary sailor and explorer Sir Peter Blake, the Skipper reveals exactly what's going on in the oceans around us and what we can do to help. You'll find fun activities, jokes, facts and true-to-life drawings of marine life and plants to keep you amused on your journey.

In Maria Gill's sixth non-fiction book for children she has used real life experiences for parts of the journey from her mother Yvonne Ferguson's journal when she sailed around the North and South Island with her partner Lee Middleton ten years ago.
Vivienne Lingard has illustrated several picture books and numerous early readers. Vivienne has used a mix of pencil, ink, and water colour to capture the different marine life in our coastal waters.

Teachers download a teaching resource and coastal clean-up kit here.

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