Friday, February 22, 2013

A children's book about tomtits

Mr RG the adventurous tomtit by Barbara Hughes-Cleland (Arun Books)

Education Officer for Tiritiri Matangi Island and ex-teacher Barbara Hughes-Cleland wrote the story about Mr RG while on a Royal Society of New Zealand Teacher Fellowship Scholarship.

The story is about Mr RG a young male tomtit nd his translocation from the Hunua Ranges to Tiritiri Matangi. We follow the story of his courting his mate, their feeding their young, and being protected from predators by volunteers working in the Hunua Ranges. Mr RG was transferred along with 31 of his relatives to Tiritiri Matangi where he should have lived a happy stressfree life. Read the story to find out what happens to him (and you'll be pleased it is not a sad ending) ... It made the headlines!

The story is written in creative non-fiction style (like a story) and is illustrated with a mix of photographs and cartoons. There's three maps, a glossary, and references.

Suitable for Junior and Middle school (and even Kindy-aged) students.  They'll love the cute cartoons and gorgeous photographs - and Mr RG is rather adorable. When author Barbara Hughes was teaching she also used it with Year 13 biology students when they were studying animals responses to the environment.

Illustrator Josie Galbraith recently graduated with an MSC in Biosecurity from the University of Auckland. She enjoys painting, drawing and illustrating.

Barbara is a passionate conservationist and volunteer guide on Tiritiri Matangi (as well as being the education officer).

Buy it here and see more about the book here

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