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NZ Illustrator & Writer Ned Barraud & Gillian Candler In the Bush – Explore and Discover New Zealand’s Native ForestsExplore and Discover series Potton and Burton 2015 $19.99pb 36pp ISBN 978 1 9272 1354 4 Themes: Native flora and fauna
In the same style as the other books in this series here we are taken for a detailed look along a bush track observing the forest floor, the tangles of bush and vines and then high, high up in the canopy. Birds, trees, mammals, fungi, reptiles and amphibians all come under the microscope of this artist and writer and the book is full of information that is easily assessed by the youngest children through to older primary students. A special feature of the book is a pull away chart showing 20 birds you might be lucky enough to see even from your own window if like me you live on the edge of the bush or you could put it flat in your pack when out in the forest. (I’ve yet to see a Kiwi strolling through my garden though – even late at night).
Preschool up/ Age 4 up