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Migration of the Short-tailed Shearwater
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Windcatcher by Diane Jackson Hill

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A short-tailed shearwater flies from the edge of the Southern Ocean to the rim of the Arctic Circle - and back - every year. This remarkable 30,000 kilometre journey is driven by seabird law. Instinct and community will guide her. A wingspan the size of a child's outstretched arms will support her. But first, she must catch the wind ... Based on birds that live on Griffiths Island, near Port Fairy, Victoria, Windcatcher is a tale of migration, conservation and survival that begins with one small bird called Hope. Written by award-winning children's author Diane Jackson Hill and illustrated by Craig Smith, one of Australia's most prolific and popular illustrators, Windcatcher explores the mysteries of seabird migration. Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 6-9. Notable Book, The CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2020 Certificate of Commendation, The Royal Zoological Society of NSW 2020 Whitley Awards: Children's Book

Author Biography

Award-winning children's author Diane Jackson Hill has always been drawn to the ocean and the creatures that call it home. A former primary school teacher, Diane's books educate children about the marine environment in a bid to help protect and restore it for future generations. Craig Smith is one of Australia's most prolific and popular illustrators. He has been illustrating children's books for over 40 years, and has published over 400 titles.
Release date NZ
October 1st, 2019
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CSIRO Publishing
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