Nature Talks to New Zealanders was recommended to me by some New Zealand homeschoolers who thought it was an absolute gem. I agree!
I purchased it and read it to my kids and we were delighted. I thought we have to see this one republished. So here it is!
Philip Crosbie Morrison was a respected Australian naturalist who was able to communicate his passion for nature to others. This book tells about his visit to New Zealand in the 1950’s.
He often uses Australian examples for contrast in his explanations of his New Zealand observations.
His stories are humorous and knowledgeable. This inspiring nature study ebook is for Australians and New Zealanders.
This ebook also comes with 25 black and white illustrations for you to print off to use with your nature journaling.
Use this ebook for some great nature study with the kids!
Here is an excerpt from the ebook;
“It is almost traditional in some of the alpine resorts in the South Island that if you change your footwear after mountain climbing or ice-hopping, and leave your boots in the open, the keas will come down and examine them and chew them to pieces. If you have a tent in their territory, they will begin by trying to land on the sloping roof. They fail to get a foothold, and slide down the canvas, and as soon as that has happened once, the intelligent birds see the possibilities of it and play follow-the-leader until, if there is no occupant to come and chase them away, they make a tear in the canvas. Once that has happened they have a grand time making more tears and apparently thoroughly enjoying the sound of canvas tearing. They will go inside a camp and investigate everything there, taking samples with their tremendously powerful beaks. On these escapades they seem to enjoy company and, like bad boys, one eggs the other on and so they get more and more mischievous. Usually they work in little groups of three or half a dozen. “
This resource can also be used in conjuction with New Zealand Notebooking Pages
Use this book as a read aloud for your primary students. If you think some parts give too much detail skim through those bits but don't miss the treasures that this book has to offer.
Take the opportunity to identify the differences and similarities between New Zealand and Australia.
The 27 chapters will take you nearly a year to complete if you use it as a weekly read aloud.
You can also print off the pictures to add to your child's nature journal if you desire.
With a map you can trace Crosbie Morrison's journey across New Zealand.
Meet the Locals is a online New Zealand TV show that you can watch with short episodes about different wildlife found in New Zealand.
The humble bumble-bee
The curious kiwi
The weka; a cool thief
Keas have a sense of humour
Why is grass green?
Birth of a fern
The immaculate seagull
After the ice age
Ancient beech trees
A moa graveyard
Glow worm wonderland
The cuckoo and the nest
Possum or opossum?
Hermit crabs have a tender spot
Snails are versatile
What happened to the whitebait?
Spiders and things
Here is a humorous story from the ebook that starts in Australia and finishes in New Zealand. My kids loved this chapter and we had some very interesting journal entries.
"One of my disreputable friends in Victoria has a holiday home at the seaside. One day he and some of his cronies, tired for the moment of swimming and fishing, were just lying on the sand when they discovered a grand new pastime -- throwing chop bones to seagulls. They had had a lunch of grilled chops, and the silver gulls used to come to the beach just down from their bach (we say 'shack' in Australia) to wait for scraps after meals, so they threw out the remains of the meal, chop bones and all, thinking the gulls might get a picking of meat off the bones. They did, but some of the bones from the shorter chops were big enough for them to handle—one would pick it up and run with it until two or three others chased it. There was tussle, and after several such encounters the first gull decided the best thing to do with the bone was to swallow it. It was hard work. He got the easier part of it well down his throat, with rather open beak, and then he had to manoeuvre pretty fiercely to force the rest down. It put the whole of his throat out of shape for the time being, but eventually, with many writhings and contortions he got it, well, out of sight, at any rate, and the would-be thieves gave up the chase and went looking for other provisions for themselves. After that entertaining experience, which lasted a good half-hour, my friend and his friends made it a practice, when they had had grilled chops, to save the bones and feed them to the gulls just to see the act all over again. And, on his return from the holiday, he sought me out at the club one day to ask my opinion of what would happen to a seagull that had swallowed such a bone, and just as interesting, what would happen to the bone.
Seagulls are just as much part of the New Zealand beach scene as they are in Victoria...."