One Small Island by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch
This fascinating non-fiction picture book is about Macquarie Island, located in the Southern Ocean. It explores the history of the island from its unique geological beginnings through the damage wrought by sealers and introduced animals, along with recent restoration programs.
Drawings by Coral Tulloch beautifully illustrate the succinct text and for keen readers there are old-fashioned diagrams, maps and text that document the geological features, along with first-hand accounts from explorers, sealers and scientists.
The overarching message of this book is that while it may be only ‘one small island’, Macquarie Island is a microcosm that illustrates much about human impact upon ecosystems. This beautiful and educational book will suit avid history and environment fans from ages five to ten.
Angela Crocombe is from Readings St Kilda