Up the River

Beautifully illustrated by Ned Barraud and impeccably researched, this is a wonderful and intriguing way for children to learn about New Zealand’s freshwater environments.

The sixth title in the award-winning ‘Explore & Discover’ series, Up the River: Explore & discover New Zealand’s rivers, lakes and wetlands gives children an opportunity to look under the surface and see what special creatures live, around New Zealand’s freshwater habitats – our creeks, rivers, lakes and wetlands.

Included in this title are animals ranging from the familiar Pūkeko to the rarely seen Bittern, from the iconic Tuna - Eel to tiny Inanga - Whitebait, and some of the many barely known aquatic insects.

Swimmable and drinkable freshwater are hot topics, and Up the River shows that many native animals depend on healthy waterways for a habitat, and their presence is often used as a sign of the water’s health.

Click on the link provided to go to the publisher's website with all the details about this book. You can buy copies at all major bookstores and remember that teachers usually receive a discount on books if you remember to ask!

About the Author

Gillian is an award-winning children's author who lives in Pukerua Bay, Porirua. With a background in teaching and writing educational material, including the School Journals and Connected series, Gillian has written 11 books including the popular 'Explore and Discover' series, with titles such as At The Beach and In The Garden.

Visit Gillian's website to find out more about her books, conservation work and stories about her visits and workshops in schools and early childhood centres.

Schools can book a session with Gillian, who is part of the Writers in Schools programme, and she also takes part in literary festivals and events for book week. More information and booking details can be found on her website here.

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