Oh Dear, That's MyRear By Sharyn Lowth & Marilyn Willliamson (2012)
From the team at Fitzroy Basin Association's FLOW Visitor's Centre - a new local book celebrating the unique Fitzroy River Turtle!
The book 'Oh Dear, That’s My Rear' is a delightfully funny and clever children’s book, complemented by beautiful illustrations on every page. It tells the story of Rheo a Fitzoy River Turtle (Rheodytes leukops) or more commonly known as the ‘bum breathing turtle’.
The Fitzroy River catchment is the only place in the world where you will find this threatened species. To find out more about this species view the PDF fact sheet here.
Rheo needs to make a splash - her species is in trouble! Is a makeover the answer? Social media? Maybe if Rheo can win the ‘Central Queensland’s Iconic Species Quest’, her turtle friends will get the attention they deserve. Can she overcome her nerves? And then there’s her rather embarrassing habit of breathing through her bottom!
Limited stockists can be found here. Priced at $15.99.* The book can also be ordered on-line at Fishpond - although currently out of stock. *February 2013.
Turtle Taxi By Gundie Kuchling (1998)
The heroine, named Chelodina, lives in a swamp with many other water creatures. As the swamp dries up, Chelodina climbs out and sets off to find another home, taking along several other creatures that she encounters along the way, for a ride on her shell.
This delightful children’s book not only tells an intriguing and funny story, but is packed full of information about our local oblong turtles (Chelodina oblonga). Parents, teachers and older children can learn from the text boxes while smaller children will love the briefer storyline and the brightly coloured illustrations of numerous insects, frogs, birds, mammals, reptiles and of course the turtle herself.
There is a glossary and instructions on 'How to Make a Pond' at the back of the book.
Guundie, a well-known WA artist, is also the wife of world renowned turtle scientist Gerald Kuchling, who is the scientific advisor for this book. First published by UWA Press in 1998 the education & conservation message SAVE OUR SWAMPS is as vital today (some 14 years later) with global warming and land clearing continuing to threaten our freshwater creatures.
A great Christmas gift that will help children, parents and teachers learn about wild turtles.