Saturday, March 17, 2018

Environmental themes…

Up the River: Explore & Discover New Zealand’s rivers, lakes & wetlands, by Gillian Candler & Ned Barraud, Potton & Burton

There have been five previous titles in this excellent series – studying ancient New Zealand, native forests, the seashore, sea life, and the backyard. This new one may help today’s children understand why environmentalists are so concerned about our fresh water resources. These resources are an important part of a healthy life cycle for many creatures, insects and birds – and even for human beings. Restoring them to a pristine condition is essential.

I hope this whole series is well represented in all New Zealand public libraries and primary schools. Available in hardback ($29.99) and paperback.

Buy here.

ISBN 978 947503 34 5 RRP $19.99 Pb

Be Careful Where You Sit! By Ngaire Dolphin and Claudia Gadotti, Dolphin Publishing (

Ngaire has a background as a teacher and librarian. She was inspired to write and publish this picture book while helping a young struggling reader in her extended family. 

Emma is exploring a beach on Tiritiri Matangi when she discovers a strange creature in the tree trunk she’s just sat on – it’s a tuatara. Even stranger still, the tuatara starts talking to her! Emma hears the tuatara’s history and how it got to the island. When a friendly ranger appears Emma hears more about the extraordinary creature that she nearly squashed. The realistic illustrations provide a natural, relaxed background to Emma’s adventure. There’s a maze game at the end of the book, and a map of New Zealand with locations of tuatara, plus a listing of a few important native fauna.

ISBN 978 0 473 37366 5 RRP$20 Pb
Reviewed by Lorraine Orman

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