Monday 19 September 2016

The Cassowary’s Gift

The Cassowary’s Gift by Pam Skadins, illustrated by Kathryn Lovejoy (Little Steps Publishing) PB RRP $16.95
ISBN: 9781925117578

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 bird.)

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.

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