“Charlie and Kiwi” an evolutionary adventure
Illustrated by: Peter H Reynolds
Age: 4 – 8 years
Theme: Science, Adventure, Evolution, History, Learning, understanding, Fun
Published: June 2011
Opening pages: This is Charlie. Charlie has to write a report for school. About a bird. He knew everyone else would write about robins and eagles and blue jays. Charlie wanted something different. Something a little surprising.
Synopsis: When Charlie presented his kiwi project in class he didn’t really know much about his unusual bird. Given till the next day to finish his project. That night by magic his stuffed kiwi came to life, and together they travel back in time, meeting his Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather along the way…. to the dinosaur age! Learning about how kiwis evolved and how they live, Charlie also discovered that although all birds are different it is believed they originally came from the dinosaur.
What I liked about this story: I was really impressed to come across a well written, fun, and entertaining flight through time about a New Zealand icon – the Kiwi. Written in simple clear text for easy understanding of ancient fossil with nature study and history, all in one. As a New Zealander this was a different approach for me, and one I found very interesting, as I am always used to the myths of the Kiwi and how it came to be such an icon. Children will love the humour in the artwork that Peter has managed to incorporate.
[The New Zealand myth not in this book is…….
Often asked “why do New Zealanders like being called a kiwi as opposed to Australians being called Kangaroo or roos or Koalas…” You will find we refer to the ancient myth of the loving, selfless, bird who gave up everything, colourful feathers, wings, daylight, and much more …to live in darkness and come out only at night to save the foliage and forestry from being killed off by bugs and insects so as other wildlife may live. It is believed the Gods paid homage ever since by declaring the kiwi would be forever known as the country’s icon and respected by all.]
Resources/Finds: Some wonderful websites about Concepts of Evolution Factsheets and Questions and Answers as well as an interactive video and exhibits..http://www.nysci.org/explore/ontour/charlieandkiwi http://www.nyscience.org/pressroom/article/charlie09 http://readperiodicals.com/201107/2390154181.html http://natureandscience.org/exhibits/charlie_and_kiwi/about.asp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNM2N9zJcjk …I loved this video.
Here is a link to FableVision founded by Peter H Reynolds and his brother Paul Reynolds… http://www.fablevisionlearning.com/ Peter is the award-winning illustrator of such books as “Someday” and “Little Boy”. Also author and illustrator of “the Dot” and “Ish”
For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Picture Perfect Book