Posts Tagged ‘Philippa Werry’

Antarctic Journeys

By Philippa Werry

ISBN 9781869664992

New Holland Publishers

When we consider non-fiction books for children, conversations often turn to the fact that everything we want them to know is online with just a quick click away. While that is definitely true, it may take many attempts and quite some time to find what they are looking for with many distractions along the way. As adults we know it is very easy to get lost on the internet and before you know it an hour has passed and you still haven’t really found what you are looking for. So with that in mind it is great to see some new non-fiction books for children, with all the information needed in one place, on two very different topics; Antarctica and Kereru.

Antarctic Journeys is a great example of what to look for in a non-fiction book. It has a multitude of colour photographs, an index, glossary, timeline, and contents page. The subheadings are bold and the photos are well-detailed. The information is well researched.

It is a book to read anyway you want. You can read it all the way through, or dip into chapters and read snippets that take your interest. I particularly liked the animal journeys, especially the cats. I also enjoyed reading about Frank Worsley and Ernest Shackleton. Their journey was an incredible tale of survival, although that can be said of all the early explorers to Antarctica. The book, as the title suggests, is about journeys of all kinds, both historic and contemporary. The writer herself made a journey to Antarctica after winning a place on the Antarctica New Zealand community engagement programme. This book captures much of her experience, and so much more.

This is an excellent choice for school libraries at all levels.

Coo-coo Kereru

By Terry Fitzgibbon

ISBN 9781869665173

New Holland Publishers

This is a combination creative non-fiction picture book. Beautifully illustrated with rhyming text on one side of each spread and information text on the opposite page. The Kereru is indeed, a beautiful bird and whenever I happen to see one, which is sadly, not very often,  I can’t help but stand quietly and watch them.

This book, aimed at younger children, explores the history of kereru, as far back as the myths and legends when a Kereru helped Maui fish the North Island out of the sea. The birds are also known as wood pigeons. I did find it sad that at one time Kereru had a life-span of 20-25 years but now because of introduced predators, loss of their forest homes and other things, their life expectancy is now only 5-6 years. The back of the book gives plenty of ideas of how you can help these beautiful birds.

Another good book to add to your library.

 

ANZAC DAY: THE NEW ZEALAND STORY
What it is and why it matters
By Philippa Werry

New Holland Publishers

ANZAC day is such an important and historic part of New Zealand’s history but for many people, myself included, we only know bits and pieces. Here in this soon to be published book, Philippa Werry answers all those questions we have. Aimed at the 8 – 12 year old, this book tells us about the Last Post, ANZAC biscuits, and the Natiional Anthem. The author also examines the Gallipoli Campaign and the Great War, and explains about the commemorative services held annually throughout the country. Informative and thoroughly researched this book is highlighted with numerous photos, both historic and contemporary, allowing children an insight to one of this country’s most historic moments and its impact on how we see things today. Find out why we wear the red poppy or why we have memorials! For children who just love a bit more there are many links to internet articles and even more information to whet the appetite.
This will be a definite addition to my school library when it comes out in March.
Philippa Werry is a librarian and children’s writer.