This time, the townsfolk don’t laugh.
‘Let’s give that plan of yours a try,’ they say to Swampy.
All else has failed.
Chooks in Dinner suits, A tale of big dogs and little penguins in based on a true story. Set in Warrnambool on the south coast of Australia in 2005 this story tells us about the demise of the breed of penguins called ‘little penguins’.
Slowly over time due to habitat destruction, being eaten by foxes and dogs or eggs being stepped on, there were only 4 penguins left in 2005. A local farmer made the suggestion to the community to use Maremma guardian dogs to protect these animals from further destruction. The community were skeptical and took time to be convinced but with no other options they trusted in his idea – and thankfully they did!
These dogs – the Maremma – have been used in other operations across Australia to protect endangered species from feral pests. There is currently a project underway with Bandicoots being protected by Maremma in Victoria.
Chooks in dinner suits is a really lovely story based on a real life event. There are not too many words or descriptions to bore the younger reader, and the facts are told in story. There is enough action throughout the story for children and pictures to entice them to read it again.
Craig Smith’s illustrations are fun and bring a bit more light to the sadness of this story. His use of soft colours sheds light on the coastal feel of the town and the natural beauty of the hatching ground.
Chooks in dinner suits is a great story to read to show how real life stories can be brought to life for younger readers. Picture books are a wonderful way to engage young readers in the events that are happening in the world around them.
It is definitely worth your while engaging your child in some real images from this story. Check out these links:
So what else can you do?
- Read some stories about these penguins and their companion dogs.
- Where do penguins live around the world? Track this on a map.
- How do your actions effect penguins? think about what you do that might effect their livelihood. Check out my water module
- Read about the Bandicoots who are being protected from feral animals and looked after by the Maremma. Could you create a story about this?
- Read about the author: https://dianejacksonhill.com.au/published-books/chooks-in-dinner-suits/
- You can help them: http://www.warrnamboolpenguins.com.au
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