Told in rhyming text, each stanza in the book is opposed by a full illustration featuring the animals in question. Children can explore these images as they sing along to the classic tune, and learn all about typical Aussie animals beyond the roo and the sulphur crested cockatoo. At the back of the book, parents, teachers and older kids will appreciate some fascinating information on the featured animals and why they are endangered. Paintings from the NLA’s extensive digital collection are also featured, with a glossary of artists.
All children’s books are road-tested by the NLA, with preschool children. It’s no surprise the children responded so well to this Aussie animal introduction, most especially with animals they’re not necessarily over familiar with. Ecological themes make this book ideal for classroom work.
Title: The Rescue Ark
Author: Susan Hall
Illustrator: Naomi Zouwer
Publisher: National Library Publishing, $18.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 September 2014
For ages: 3 – 7
Type: Picture Book