The Cassowary’s Giftby Pam Skadins, illustrated by Kathryn Lovejoy (Little Steps
Publishing) PB RRP $16.95
Reviewed by Anne Hamilton
After another — yes, another!
— sign appears in the rainforest about protecting the cassowary, the birds and
animals all wonder why it’s so special. The pitta, the quoll, the wallaby, the
brush-turkey, the scrubfowl want answers and they aren’t backward in pursuing
them. Just why is the cassowary such a V.I.B.? (Very important
Although the cassowary is
notoriously reclusive, they decide they’re going to keep after it until they’ve
got it to give up its secret.
Now, there are some 3–6
year olds who are going to love the answer. It’s poo! The cassowary’s scat
fertilises the forest and keeps the cycle of life going. The music is given for
the cassowary’s song as he describes his ‘gift’ to the world.
I’m a big fan of
poster-edge style art so I really loved the finely executed illustrations.