The New Zealand Seashore Guide
The New Zealand Seashore Guide gives us a comprehensive look at New Zealand shorelines. There is lots of detail on the different areas of shoreline as well as the creatures that can be found there. Each page gives each species name in both English and Te Reo Māori, as well as a clear description of the species, habitat and lifestyle. Each page has detailed, colour photographs to accompany the information.
In my opinion, this is a reference book for older students (high school) and adults. The language would prove challenging for primary students, and if aimed at a younger audience it would be valuable to have labelled diagrams and more age appropriate language. I was disappointed to see that this book does not have a glossary of terms to support the reader. That said, this is a beautifully published and comprehensive guide to our shorelines, that contains valuable information for those who wish to learn more about this area and would be a great addition to reference books for high schools and universities.
Title: The New Zealand Seashore Guide
Author: Sally Carson & Rod Morris
Publisher: Potton & Burton
RRP (Recommended Retail Price): $49.99
Date of publication: December 2022
Ages (age range/level the book is suitable for): Young Adult / Adult (12+)
Themes: Non-fiction, New Zealand, Marine Life, Shorelines
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? N/A
Would this book work as a read aloud? No
Is there a particular country it is set in? New Zealand
Reviewer: Angela Thompson, Literacy & Library Lead teacher, Remarkables Primary School, Central Otago
How are you recommending this book? Recommended
What is the book’s opening sentence: The sea around us forms an important part of our national identity.
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