Parents' Guide to

12 Huia Birds

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Conservation-themed story details bird's path to extinction.

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This story about a bird species going extinct is told in tidy rhymes with nice graphics -- and carries an important message about conservation. The mechanics of 12 Huia Birds are simple, even if it's sometimes not immediately obvious where to find the interactive element that's on each page. Although there's nothing graphic, sensitive kids might start to feel upset as one by one the birds fall prey to hungry invasive predator species and fashion-focused humans who want beautiful feathers for their hats. That said, the tension there makes the devastation more real. And with 12 ways kids can help wild birds, some kids may feel inspired to do something or change habits. The memory games are nothing special, but there are a few other extras to round out kids' learning. And including the version in te reo Māori is a nice touch of acknowledgement of native cultures. 12 Huia Birds is a nicely presented cautionary tale about how humans can inadvertently impact the environment in a negative way.

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