Margaret Warner first became involved in wildlife rescue 18 years ago and over that time has cared for around 40 kangaroos and wallabies. Before writing for children she worked full time as a primary teacher and has also taught literacy to both adults and children. Warner has written a number of educational texts which show her interest in the environment and wildlife.
In Kangaroo Footprints, Warner has combined her experience as a teacher, wildlife carer and children’s author to produce a useful resource for teachers. Each double page spread contains an information page about kangaroos and an activity/puzzle sheet; perfect for linking literacy and science. The pages are all black-line masters, so also great for those times when you just need a rainy day activity. The book contains facts about the different kinds of macropods, kangaroo behaviour…even some facts about the real ‘Skippy.’ There are interesting references to news articles about kangaroos, linking them to fact. A story about a surfer who saves a kangaroo swept out to sea, is linked to information abou the fact that kangaroos and wallabies can swim but in floods they often drown.
It’s well-priced at $20, considering it can be used again and again. However at that price it’s also within the range of parents who are looking for something more interesting than the average puzzle book and want to give kids a break from the electronic games on a long car journey.
Warner says about her work, ‘When animals are in care it’s a 24/7 responsibility. It’s challenging but immensely rewarding especially knowing that you have helped native animals with a second chance at life. My aim with Kangaroo Footprints is to educate about our unique wildlife in an enjoyable and fun way. It is a children’s book but already many adults have said that they enjoyed learning about kangaroos too. ‘
Warner is marketing this book herself on her website at www.kangaroofootprints.com.au Price includes postage.
National Curriculum Links:
Biological sciences (Year 2)
Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves
- representing personal growth and changes from birth
- recognising that living things have predictable characteristics at different stages of development
- exploring different characteristics of life stages in animals such as egg, caterpillar and butterfly
- observing that all animals have offspring, usually with two parents
Biological sciences (Year 4)
Living things have life cycles
- making and recording observations of living things as they develop through their life cycles
- describing the stages of life cycles of different living things such as insects, birds, frogs and flowering plants
Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive.
- investigating the roles of living things in a habitat, for instance producers, consumers or decomposers
- observing and describing predator-prey relationships
- predicting the effects when living things in feeding relationships are removed or die out in an area
- recognising that interactions between living things may be competitive or mutually beneficial.
Biological sciences (Year 5)
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.
- describing and listing adaptations of living things suited for the Australian environment
- exploring general adaptations for particular environments such as water conservation in deserts
- explaining how particular adaptations help survival such as nocturnal behaviour, silvery coloured leaves of dune plants
- comparing types of adaptations such as behavioural and structural