A beautiful, award-winning picture book by much-loved children’s book creators Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch about the remote and precious World Heritage site, Macquarie Island, and the battle to save it from environmental destruction.
Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand. A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves. In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island's unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.
This is a beautiful, award-winning picture book by much-loved children’s book creators Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch about the remote and precious World Heritage site, Macquarie Island, and the battle to save it from environmental destruction. One Small Island asks the important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?
“Featuring sumptuous artwork, divinely 'aged' maps and letters, hand-drawn diagrams of animals, geographical shapes, houses, ships and much more, One Small Island tells the story of Macquarie Island, a sub-Antarctic island and World Heritage site whose precious ecosystem has been severely damaged since the island's discovery in 1810 . . . Both passionate environmentalists, Lester and Tulloch have travelled to Macquarie Island and Antarctica as Australian Antarctic Arts Fellows - and their concern for this glorious part of the world is beautifully showcased in One Small Island. To read about the efforts being made to restore this pristine land to its former condition is truly heartening – and this story is a vital one to impart to our children – many of whom would have no idea of the peril of Macquarie Island (and let's add many an adult to this equation). A book of importance and hope, this is a must-have book for schools, libraries and of course, the bookshelf of every Australian child. ”
Tania McCartney, www.kids-bookreview.com
“This fascinating non-fiction picture book is about Macquarie Island, located in the Southern Ocean. It explores the history of the island from its unique geological beginnings through the damage wrought by sealers and introduced animals, along with recent restoration programs. Drawings by Coral Tulloch beautifully illustrate the succinct text and for keen readers there are old-fashioned diagrams, maps and text that document the geological features, along with first-hand accounts from explorers, sealers and scientists. The overarching message of this book is that while it may be only ‘one small island’, Macquarie Island is a microcosm that illustrates much about human impact upon ecosystems. This beautiful and educational book will suit avid history and environment fans from ages five to ten.”
Angela Crocombe, Readings
CBCA Book of the Year Awards
Winner • 2012 • Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Environment Award for Children's Literature
Winner • 2012 • Picture Fiction
Whitley Book Awards
Winner • 2012 • Best Children's Book
WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards
Shortlisted • 2012 • Picture Books
Melbourne Prize for Literature
Winner • 2018 • Alison Lester