by Katie Furze & Ned Barraud
There are two parts to the text. The storyline follows the growth of one tuatara, from the time of her hatching till she in turn lays eggs to continue the lifecycle of this ‘living treasure’ native to this country.
The second, is the insertion on several of the pages of facts about the tuatara. The information in these extras will let most people know all they wish to know about the tuatara – prehistory, cultural significance, habitat, physiology, lifecycle – all together, what makes it unique.
Essential in a book for young children is the visual element and in this one the illustrations stand out. Ned Barraud has done a splendid job in capturing each scene and portraying the drama that marks the creature’s lifespan.
Readers who share this with young children will find both text and pictures lead to good discussion, and all will learn.
Author: Katie Furze; Illustrator Ned Barraud