Bruce Pickworh and Lorraine Robertson have presented a thoughtful and thought-provoking visualisation of the plight of the migratory Bar-tailed Godwits due to habitat depletion. Harnessing dual perspectives through the voice of young Goa Wei living on the coast of China’s Yellow Sea and Gowie, a young godwit who leads the flock from their summer roost in Shoalhaven Heads, in New South Wales. There is a strong environmental message interwoven as the Goa family choose conservation over the father’s employment in land development.
The story itself is extended and enriched with a map and double page of amazing facts about Godwits, and actions that have been taken to ensure their migration path remains accessible as the industrial world encroaches on these sites.
The recent launch of this book in late 2016 is recorded with further information at Weeksy Reviews.
It seems a little serendipitous that the publication of this wonderful longer picture book follows after Jeannie Bakers’ Circle – they compliment and extend each other in many ways to reinforce the strong themes of migratory birds and the impact of encroaching urbanisation.