This product includes:
*A digital children’s picture book: Bizi the Musk Duck of Barren Box Swamp
*FREE Teacher notes and activities
*FREE Blackline masters – Activity sheets
eBook: BIZI THE MUSK DUCK OF BARREN BOX SWAMP
The Wilderness Society Australia
Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2013
Written by Ann-Maree Thompson
Illustrated by Jan Thompson
Published by Ann-Maree Thompson
‘Bizi’ is based on the true environmental success story of Barren Box Swamp in Tabbita, NSW Australia. The re-development of the swamp was a pioneering project in water savings, environmental improvement and cultural protection.
Bizi the Musk Duck cannot believe his beloved swamp is dying.
How can he leave his beautiful home? How can it be saved?
A delightful read for any age and a fantastic teacher resource.
“This book is a wonderful educational resource, a story of love then hope.”
“This colourful and engaging book brings to life the inhabitants of the wetlands
of New South Wales. It also represents conservationists and farmers working
together for common goals and good, and draws together the animals, the
issues, and good-news solutions. Well done Ann-Maree and Jan.”
- Dr Mark Norman
About the book
The importance of our environment and the literary language used to create the story are both highlights in this book. An unusual duck and a heron lead us through the dramatic transformation of the swamp. The watercolour paintings with their vibrancy and vivid colours bring the story and the swamp to life. This book reaches out to people of all ages – and says ‘LOOK WHAT CAN BE DONE!’ We can live harmoniously with the environment it just takes foresight, passion and determination.
‘Barren Box Swamp was the name of Bizi’s home,
And about him the animals were free to roam!’
Bizi the Musk Duck is blissfully unaware of the danger his swamp is in. He is happily being a duck in what he thinks is the most special place in the world – his home. Gretta the intelligent heron,decides to finally tell Bizi the truth. His swamp is dying. Bizi cannot bear this news and decides not to leave with all the other animals. That’s when the machines come. The machines take on a life of their own – working and roaring and digging and scratching. Bizi is not quite sure what they are doing so he watches. After uncovering special artefacts and ‘creating’ and ‘cleaning’, the machines quieten. Finally Bizi realizes they are in fact there to help. Once again Bizi can enjoy being a ‘duck’ with all the other wonderful different types of birdlife in his beautiful swamp.
* Environmental Sustainability
* Aboriginal History/ Culture
* Hope and courage