With the recent Earth Day celebrated in different parts of the world I thought I would share something of my countries native wildlife. Hence this book review…
“Kiri the Kereru”
Illustrated by: Ivar Treskon
Published by: Jampot Productions Ltd, Titirangi, Auckland, New Zealand
Ages: 5 – 9 years
Theme: Sharing, Friendship, limitations
Opening Lines: Kiri the Kereru loves eating all day. She just will not stop, although why she can’t say. Her feathered white chest is so lovely and plump, she hops through the trees with a rustle and thump.
Synopsis: From the back of the book… “Kiri the Kereru loved feasting on sweet juicy berries. The only trouble was, she didn’t know when to stop. Then one day a cat, a boy and a dog made Kiri pause and think about her hungry habit.”
Note from inside the first page: “Well known and loved native forest bird of New Zealand, also known as the kuku, kukupa and woodpigeon. Being a large heavy bird the kereru is often heard before it is seen, whoosing overhead then crash landing in the trees. Once commonly hunted by humans for food and now a protected threatened species, the kereru is at risk from predators such as possums, rats, stoats and cats. Its favourite food is delicious berries from
New Zealand native trees, and it sometimes eats so much that it cannot fly.
Why I like this: Janet’s clear bold text in easy delightful rhyme teaches us about sharing and the consequences that can happen if you don’t. Children will delight in the bright colourful illustrations and Kiri’s eyes convey such hilarious expressions.
An excellent picture book for every school, with teachings about the native New Zealand Pigeon, it’s quirky habits, and a great way to enter discussions on sharing, eating habits and bird life.
Resources/Findings: I came across a beautiful website owned by Janet Martin herself, called the Jampot Productions Ltd. All Janet’s stories created are inspired by her surroundings in the lush growth in her backyard and the Waitakere Ranges where she lives, which is not very far from me (5 minute drive). I have mentioned these ranges in a couple of posts earlier on see Aotearoa in my sidebar. Here is her website http://www.jampotbooks.com/ where you will enjoy soft birdlike music, videos of bird life, and her many other wildlife books, take a look around and enjoy the beautiful ranges of which I live in the shadow of. There are many nature walks here. Maybe the children in your area would enjoy a nature walk and discover the many varieties of bird life.
http://www.nzartcards.com/artists/jampot-productions-ltd/ this is another website showing the beautiful illustrations from Janet’s books by Ivar Treskon.
http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/birdsartscraftsideaskids.html a great resource in making bird crafts.
http://www.ivartreskon.com/index.cfm?page=1 an interesting insight into this resourceful illustrator, enjoy.