Wildlife of Aotearoa Gavin Bishop, Puffin (Penguin Random House) 2019
Check out my review of Wildlife in Aotearoa here.
Watch my deadline as I won’t be here from 28th!
This is my last poetry challenge of the year! It has been a wonderful year full of poetry that has made my heart glad!
As soon as I got a copy of Gavin Bishop’s gorgeous new Wildlife in Aotearoa, I knew I wanted to create a challenge inspired by this extremely important book. It is beautifully illustrated, jam-packed with fascinating facts and raises important questions.
I have spent ages devouring Gavin’s book – musing on the animals that are no longer with us and those that are under threat. I catch his kereru drawing and think about how breathtakingly wonderful it is when kereru squat in our korokio, cabbage trees.
I want to make a poetry map
of wildlife (ANIMALS) in Aotearoa
with poems you send me.
MY HOT TIPS
You can write from your own experience of seeing an animal (bird, fish, animal) or you can write from research.
I highly recommend getting a copy of the book (get your own copy of from a library).
Habitats: rivers, lakes, sea, estuaries, wetlands, bush, farms, mountains, cities, towns, houses (think ants or spiders or cats or dogs), museums (think bones and fossils)
Time: night or day animals
Status: Extinct, endangered, thriving, wild, domesticated, farmed
Your poem: for this challenge I will do fact checks! I want you to help me build a poetry record of our wildlife.
Your poem: think about sounds, movements, skin, where the animal lives, fascinating facts, your experiences of it, your discoveries.
Your poem: Think about the way you set your poem out, how long will your lines be? Do you need to make up words (onomatopoeia)?
Your poem: Hunt for fresh similes.
Your poem: Listen to the rhythm as you read it.
Your poem: Poems can be short or long! Which words show me the animal?
Illustration: You may also send a drawing or painting if you like.
h a v e p o e t r y F U N
Deadline: 25th November 7 pm
Include: your name, age, year and name of school
Don’t forget to put WILDLIFE poem in subject line so I don’t MISS your email.
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some favourite poems: I will post some favourites on 30th November. I will put all the names in a hat and give Wildlife in Aotearoa to one poet.