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Alight: A Story of Fire and Nature¦BOOK REVIEW

This book was provided to an 8-year-old girl to read and work through questions, recommended for ages 6-9.

She wrote in her own words, "The book was about a fire on the bush when they waited till it was ready and lit it. Then the animals were able to have their homes again, only having to wait till the smoke in the air stopped spreading, and their food was ready for winter."

She liked the pictures and colour choices for the illustrations and found it easier to read with an adult than by herself. Her favourite was the antechinus, an old wombat, as he was the main character in the book. She learnt several new words about nature, e.g., Wallum Banksias.

She didn't finish the book on her own as she felt too many huge words, and she is not a strong reader (her comment).

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Reviewed by a primary school teacher with children in the age group 6-9.

One Potoroo is a beautiful book set in WA which covers an important topic. Gilbert's Potoroos are the world's most endangered marsupial, and this story is based on real events that affect their habitat. With the gorgeous use of language, it is a great way for children to learn about conservation and wildlife and provides children with a chance to explore new descriptive words.

This book raises awareness of environmental issues, and the role people can play in helping native wild life. This is a lovely book for adults to read and discuss with children.

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Dolphins in the Classroom

Our speaker was Darren Hamley, a multi-award-winning science teacher, environmentalist and wildlife rehabilitator. Darren teaches science to children in the Gifted and Talented Program at Willetton Senior High School, where he can give them some exciting extension work. He has them doing “proper” research – that is, starting with the ...

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