This is a great book to read aloud to your class of Year 4s through to Year 6. If you do, make sure you stop reading at ‘that part’ where the students will want you to “please keep reading”, to find out what happens next. This is not always at the end of a chapter, but part way.
There are many wonderful conservation themes in this book that would make it a great starting off point for a science topic. Some might be ‘Illegal Smuggling of Native Wildlife’ and ‘Do Protestors Make A Difference?’ and ‘New Zealand Native Animals’.
Added into the mix, is a theme of ‘Loss of a Loved One’. There is also a little bit of magic and fantasy thrown in.
There is good quality vocabulary used in this book that will extend the students, especially if the text is used as a read aloud. A great read for both boys and girls.
Publisher: Flat Bed Press RRP: $20.99 Whitcoulls Format: paperback Date of Publication: 2015 Ages: 8-11