[OZTL_NET] Review: The Godwits – Bruce Pickworth

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Sun Mar 5 19:40:55 AEDT 2017


The Godwits – Bruce Pickworth. Illustrations by Lorraine Robertson

Bullawai Books, 2016.



ISBN 9780994611802

It’s a long way from Shoalhaven NSW to the shores of the Yellow Sea but
even longer to Alaska. For the godwits their annual migration is an amazing
natural undertaking that of course is not without its perils.

The godwits need a new leader for their huge journey and that bird will
need all the necessary qualities. Making a choice is not easy for old Danta
who must protect the flock.

For thirteen year old Wei the anticipation of his favourite birds arriving
as they make their way to the far North is tremendous. His special birthday
present of a set of binoculars is the perfect gift. How distressing then
when he realises that land development is going to threaten his beloved
birds. Wei determines to ensure the protection of the godwits by saving the
wetlands.

This is a chaptered narrative in picture book format and the amazing and
almost unbelievable annual godwit migration is beautifully explained by
Bruce within the text.

The strong themes of courage, compassion and leadership make it a perfect
choice for studies of environmental issues as well as exploring these
qualities in themselves.

Find out more about godwits here
<http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/09/070913-longest-flight.html>
or here
<http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/map/9184/bar-tailed-godwits-migration-route>.

Highly recommended as a valuable addition to your primary library shelves.


Sue Warren
Qld T-L

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