24 Hours on the Kiwi Seashore
This beautiful book follows the same format as 24 Hours in the Kiwi Bush, being divided into six sections each detailing the movements of different creatures on the seashore over a four-hour time period. Readers can see what the inhabitants experience at low tide, high tide and turning tides. Creatures range from tiny krill to the larger bottlenose dolphin and New Zealand fur seal.
Once again, the photography is outstanding and readers will be envious of Darryl experiencing these creatures in real life. I wish I had had these images of flying fish when I was discussing them with students a few weeks ago! They are far superior to anything I found on the internet.
Children and adults alike are likely to learn interesting facts about the creatures featured. Do you know which fish has an eye that changes its position on its head when it becomes an adult?
This book can be enjoyed from cover to cover if the timeline is to be followed in order, or dipped into numerous times if the reader prefers information in short snippets. The index at the back of the book will assist readers with locating particular creatures. Names are given in English first, followed by the Maori name. The glossary at the end will also help readers understand topic-related words, although it is not evident when reading the text which terms appear in the glossary.
Although this book is aimed at an audience of 7 years +, I can imagine it being enjoyed by many younger children if shared with an adult.
Title: 24 Hours on the Kiwi Seashore
Publisher: David Bateman
Publication: November 2020
Reviewer: Nadine Molloy, Assistant Librarian, Remarkables Primary School, Queenstown
How are you recommending this book? Highly recommended
Opening sentence? Every day, of every week, of every year, the animals living on New Zealand’s seashore struggle to survive.
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