Gentle Giant: Wetapunga

Author(s): Annemarie Florian

NZ Picture Books | NZ Non Fiction | Bugs and Insects

Meet wetapunga, long-time resident of Gondwanaland, Planet Earth. Learn about the modest, unassuming lifestyle of this ancient insect -- what it eats, where it lives, how it keeps safe and defends itself. Intensely rich illustrations and a measured, poetic voice beautifully capture its real-life story.

Groovy insect dinosaur
Very nearly done for!
World-weary witness to our changing planet.

W?t?punga is one of Earth's earliest insect survivors, from Gondwanaland to now. However, the arrival of humans to Aotearoa has endangered the 11 known giant species, due to predator mammals such as dogs, rats, possums etc and the clearing of their forest habitat.

This stunning picture book tells us how the ancient insect lives and defends itself, and can be read on two levels. Florian's lyrical verse describes w?t?punga in action, while paragraphs of text on the opposite page provide all the facts. Details of a breeding programme to preserve the species and a timeline are included. Similar in style to Florian's eye-catching Kiwi: the Real Story, Gentle Giant will appeal to children from age 5 to 12.

- Ruth


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This is the second book from Annemarie Florian in this series introducing threatened species. Her book Kiwi: the real story won the Children's Choice Non-Fiction award in 2013.  

General Fields

  • : 9781869664817
  • : New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd.
  • : New Holland Publishers (NZ) Ltd.
  • : January 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Annemarie Florian
  • : Paperback
  • : Terry Fitzgibbon