One small island by Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch

This beautifully written and illustrated story brings to life the history of Macquarie Island and how it came about to be a World Heritage site.

Macquarie island lies in the Southern Ocean, between New Zealand and Australia. It is a safe place now for many animals and plant species but there was a time when it was ravaged by feral cats, rabbits and rats just to name a few.

One small Island describes the hard work conservationists put into saving this island and the animals who live here from the brink of extinction.

It makes the reader question how we allow our natural spaces to come to this. How do we allow feral animals to take over our precious habitats? Do we realise the damage they do and how irreversible it can be if nothing else happens?

Coral Tulloch’s illustrations bring real scientific integrity to the story and the journal pages give the story more authenticity.

A story for all ages – and a must read if we are to take better care of those small places in our world that mean so much to someone or something – no matter how small.

How can you link this?


– How are feral animals deemed ‘feral’?

– Are there any feral animals in your area or animals with the potential to become feral?

– Do you think pets such as cats and rabbits should be allowed if there is a risk of them destroying wild life?


– Where else in the world are heritage listed areas?

– How does a place become listed as World Heritage?


– Investigate the timeline presented at the back of this book. Can you add more since 2011?

– What can we learn from this timeline to inform us of our future decisions?





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