Tuesday 3 September 2013

Eco Warriors to the Rescue!

Eco Warriors to the Rescue! by Tania McCartney (NLA Publishing)
PB RRP $17.99
ISBN 9780642277800
Reviewed by Vicki Stanton

It's no secret I'm a fan of NLA Publishing and I can add Eco Warriors to the list. The multi-talented Tania McCartney has written, designed and contributed the photography for this delightful book which also delves into the archives of the National Library of Australia.

Readers follow the three eco warriors Banjo, Matilda, and Ned (what names could be more Australian?) into their favourite and far from ordinary book where they discover ways to help save Australia's native flora from extinction, learning from the plants as they go.

The book is a visual treat with glossy pages showing off the botanical artworks to their very best. However, through their interactions with each other, the landscape and the plants, the children really get the message of this book across about caring for Australia's unique plant life. There is also a green butterfly to look for on each double spread.

With plenty of facts about plants at the back including Australia's Floral Emblem, Native Birth Flowers and more, plus a full list of illustrations for lovers of botanical art, this book is full of information. As a tactile person, I also loved the quality and weight of the paper and the embossed cover. A top notch production with such an important message that will be appreciated by young and old.

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