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Yolaska the Godwit by Marlene J. Bennetts, illus. Trish Bowles.

April 19, 2018

godwitYolaska the Godwit by Marlene J. Bennetts, illus. Trish Bowles. Pub. Emjay Publishing St Martins Christchurch, 2018.

Yolaska Godwit is on his first 11,000 kilometre flight across the sea from Alaska to New Zealand, a flight that will take him and his flock 8-10 days and on which he will lose half his body weight.

It’s a stunning feat and when the birds arrive in my hometown of Christchurch and depart at the end of summer to return to Alaska people line the beaches and applaud. It is May in Christchurch now and most godwits are on their journey home but some of the young ones remain behind for the winter to build up strength.

Beautifully told by Marlene J. Bennetts who is a bit of a wordsmith and brings out the drama of Yolaska’s experience. Trish Bowles illustrations are lifelike and dramatic. The attack of a skua bird on Yolaska and the humans involved with the birds are superb.

A beautiful story and an essential nature study experience for primary school libraries. Contact the authors at bennettsmarlene@gmail.com

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