by Dom Sansom
Fiji: Secretariat of the Pacific Community
A story about a young boy, Pou, who lives on Iteni Island in the Pacific. One day he meets Miri – a fruit bat who has lost her home when a forest is chopped down to make way for a new road. Pou sets out to help Miri find her mother and a new home, and along the way he learns a great deal about how to tackle climate change. Key messages in the story are:
- reduce the cutting down of forests
- stop burning forest and bushland
- walk or cycle instead of travelling by car or bus
- practice agroforestry (putting plants and trees together on purpose to maximise growth potential)
- keep soil covered with trees and vegetation, especially on slopes
- look after and protect our mangroves
- keep coral reefs healthy
This book was nominated because it tackles issues of global warming.
A New Zealand Curriculum-linked activity for this picture book can be found here.