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Book review: Eco Warriors to the Rescue, by Tania McCartney

Posted by Lisa Hill on August 11, 2013


Eco Warriors to the RescueEco 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
ISBN: 9780642277800
Source: review copy courtesy of the NLA.

Availability

Fishpond: Eco Warriors to the Rescue!
Or direct from the National Library of Australia

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