Go back in time to explore ancient forests, lakes and the seas around Zealandia and discover unique survivors and long extinct animals that once made this land their home.
The book begins with a glimpse of the animals that lived in New Zealand just before people arrived. Then it goes back in time, providing snapshots of particular periods, as far back as 180 million years ago.
The range of animals covered in this book is remarkable: moa and other extraordinary birds that are now extinct, like the giant penguins found in Waitaki; crocodilians and turtles; the shark-toothed dolphins; dinosaurs such as sauropods and theropods; as well as those resilient survivors who can still be found in New Zealand today, such as kiwi, native bats, giant weta and tuatara.
Beautifully illustrated and impeccably researched this is one of several of the great award winning children's books written by Gillian Candler and illustrated by Ned Barraud.
Suited for children 5-8 years old, but will appeal for anyone curious about New Zealand’s natural environment.