One Small Island
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One Small Island

Alison Lester, Coral Tulloch

Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand. A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves. In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island’s unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today. This is a beautiful, award-winning picture book by much-loved creators Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch about the remote and precious World Heritage site, Macquarie Island, and the battle to save it from environmental destruction. One Small Island asks the important question- can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?

Review

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

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