SONG BIRD SUPERHERO … REEF DEFENDER. by Karen Tyrrell

The old fish looked at me with his big round eyes. ‘In the shallows there are strange things floating in the water that trap us, wrapping around us so we can’t swim. The creatures that eat these strange things die. And now we’re finding the floating things out in deeper water as well. We’re fearful about what this means for the future of all marine creatures and the Great Coloured Forest’

Song Bird is back – and this time she has ventured to Green Turtle Island with her family for some rest, relaxation and of course learning more about turtles and the Great Barrier Reef.

But somehow Destructo has made his way to the island as well and is causing wide spread destruction on the pristine environment so many creatures call home.

But Song bird aka Rosie Bird is now on her fourth adventure in the Song Bird series as she has grown in strength, self confidence and self belief

She still fights for the environment with her friends but there is something about her in this series where the reader knows she has found her feet and truly believes in her abilities.

Song Bird: Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell is my favourite of the series so far. I feel like not only do I know Song Bird but the story flows with much more ease.

Aspects of children showing that they can save the world without the help of adults is great, and although the adults do give them a helping hand here and there it really shows how important it is for us to allow children to make a difference and for their voices to be heard too.

The world needs more love and forgiveness. It’s easier to be kind than evil.

Song Bird: Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell is a pertinent book for our time as it shows how important friendship is, working together and of course looking after the world we live in.

This book covers all of those big issues in a heart-racing adventure in the present day and back in time that not only teaches the reader facts about the coral reef and the animals that live there but also how to problem solve and think creatively.

If this is the first time you have come across Song Bird, make sure you check her out in the previous three books and over on Karen Tyrrell’s website.

It was up to – all us kids – to care for the reef, to protect our future.

Simple.

It was up to us.

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Check out my other reviews here:

Song Bird: The battle of Bug World:

Song Bird: Rainforest Rescue

Karen Tyrrell’s website here:http://www.karentyrrell.com/song-bird-series/

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Lizzy’s Dragon by Melissa Gijsbers

“No, you cannot have a pet lizard -” Lizzy’s mum said, “And before you ask, no snakes either. No reptiles of any sort.”

 

Lizzy’s Dragon by Melissa Gijsbers is a wonderful new fantasy  novel for younger readers – and they won’t want to put it down!


I know that as a young child I always wanted a different pet -a dog, a rabbit, a fish or a bird – I never wanted a lizard, and still wouldn’t want one crawling about in the house But Lizzy does, and she is determined to get a pet of her own.

Lizzy lives on a farm which is going through drought. The grass is brown, the dams are dry and their is the ever present threat of bush fire.

Lizzy is a strong, caring and clever young girl and perhaps by luck or perhaps by magic she stumbles upon a round shaped egg in the field outside their house. Her brother Joey discovers Lizzy and her secretive behaviour and does what many siblings would do – threaten to tell their parents if she doesn’t let him on the secret.

Despite Lizzy’s efforts to keep her egg (and then pet dragon) a secret, her brother finds out and Lizzy has to put up with doing all of his chores – that is until she discovers the magic her dragon holds and possibly the real reason the dragon egg happened to land in the drought stricken land.

Full of magic and mystery, Lizzy’s Dragon is an story you cannot put down. Younger readers will love this story as Lizzy is a character many children will identify with – she is thoughtful, she fights with her brother, she cares for her family and she wants the best for the place she lives in.

Dragons are magical beasts which excite and engage many readers and the beauty of this dragon is that it comes across as one of the best possible pets you could have.

Lizzy’s dragon is a wonderful read – one to read out loud or for better readers –  to read alone. The pictures within the novel give the readers some more insight into what Lizzy and her dragon look like and ignite more of that wonderful imagination.

Magic, mystery and mettle, Lizzy’s dragon is a book to inspire the best in all of us.

So what else can you do with this story?

 – Design your own dragon. What egg would it hatch from? where would you keep it and what would it’s special gift be?

– Are there any areas close to you or in your country that are experiencing drought? What do these places have to do during times of drought?

– Have you ever helped out in your community? Find out how you could help in some way at a community event.

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