The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay
Picture book | 30pp | Years 2–4
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The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay is a story on three levels.
At the literal level, it is a story in which the wise pelican resolves a dispute between the birds in a way that everyone gets to be the winner.
The story can also be treated as an environmental study, examining the interaction and interdependence between a habitat and the creatures who live there.
It is also an allegory used to explore the similarities and differences between us, and how those differences make us unique.
Narelle Oliver has written a number of picture books which deal with the environment, the creatures in it and how they interact. The Best Beak in Boonaroo Bay was shortlisted for the 1994 CBC Children's Picture Book of the Year and the Wilderness Society Award and her book The Hunt won the CBC Picture Book of the Year in 1996.
Before she wrote her first picture book, Leaf Tail, in 1989, Narelle taught young children who had hearing impairments so she really knows what a quality picture book needs to engage the audience.
She lives in Brisbane and her latest book is called Dancing the Boom-cha-cha Boogie.
You can find out more about the author at:
Mangroves and Saltmarshes
Plants and Animals of the Wet Tropics
Nature's Nautical Nurseries - Save the Mangroves WebQuest
Birds of Australia
Australasian Bird Image Database
ABC-Australian Bird Songs
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