This book explains the interconnection of animals and environment in rivers, lakes and wetlands.
Each new ecosystem has an overview that describes the habitat and names the animals that live above the water surface. The following page takes the reader below the water to discover the wildlife under the water surface. Each animal has a brief description and a reference number to the following pages which describe the animal in more detail. The more detailed pages toward the end of the book show a detailed diagram of the animal which includes the size of each animal and interesting facts about them. There is also a “Did You Know?” box which gives more information.
The book would appeal to students with a range of reading abilities. Some pages are simple text boxes with mainly illustrations that support the meaning, but the more detailed text towards the end of the book is more complex language that would appeal to more able readers. It still has supporting illustrations, but there is an increased amount of text.
It led to a discussion by my students about the different ecosystems in New Zealand and a “springboard” for further research.
I would recommend it for children aged 8 to 12 years.
Title: Up the River: explore and discover New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and wetlands
Author: Gillian Candler
Illustrator: Ned Barraud
Publisher: Potton & Burton
Date of Publication: September 2017
Ages: 8-12 years
Reviewer: Trish Hereaka
School: Rata Street School