Book review: Eco Warriors to the Rescue, by Tania McCartney
Posted by Lisa Hill on August 11, 2013
Eco Warriors to the Rescue is a jazzy, up-beat picture book with a series of simple messages about caring for the environment. There’s nothing particularly new in it, but it’s presented in an interesting way.
Primarily visual, the messages ask children
- not to litter,
- to tread carefully,
- to avoid picking native flowers,
- to keep waterways clean
- to protect native animals from introduced animals
- care for native animals and insects
- plant native trees and shrubs
- plan development wisely (the example is a cubby house, not a condo !)
- prevent bushfires
- reduce pollution.
Bright photos in cheerful colours are superimposed on botanical illustrations identified in end notes at the end of the book. There’s also a page of flower facts at the back of the book, along with a map of Australia showing state floral emblems, and a native birth plants page.
Eco Warriors to the Rescue would be a useful addition to school libraries, and suitable for units of work about the environment, and the Australian Curriculum Priority Sustainability.
The book mentions colouring-in pages on the Australian National Botanic Gardens website, but it doesn’t give the URL. Having checked the site out, it doesn’t look very appealing to children. I would have liked to see some interactive activities, and the site needs to be more kid-friendly, more colourful, and easier to navigate.
Author: Tania McCartney
Title: Eco Warriors to the Rescue
Publisher: National Library of Australia, 2013
Source: review copy courtesy of the NLA.