Based on the true story of Toroa, the 500th albatross chick to hatch at the breeding colony on Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, this story follows his life as he grows from chick to adult and begins roving out across the vast Pacific Ocean. Will fishing lines snag him? Can he avoid an erupting volcano? Does a plastic island pose a threat and will he make it back to Dunedin years later to start his own family? Toroa’s Journey is an inspiring and insightful story for budding environmentalists to read together or alone.
Maria writes beautifully; her sentences flow like honey and she makes the journey and the bird spark with life on the page. Plus you get the evocative illustrations by Gavin Mouldey. This is a must-have glorious book. Read the full review.
I love the language in Toroa’s Journey. It’s rich and interesting, and for a book that’s narrative non-fiction, it gives as much varied vocabulary to the reader as picture books by Margaret Mahy, Joy Cowley or Lynley Dodd… The illustrations are stunning, including an open-out four-page spread to show off the magnificent reach of the albatross’s wings. Read the full review.