Pannikin and Pinta
by Colin Thiele, illustrated by Peter Gouldthorpe.
A pelican colony. (www.mvn.usace.army.mil/pao/releases/Pelicans-3.JPG)
Two or three times in every 100 years heavy rain storms across Queensland cause floods and the water starts to move south through the creeks and rivers. When the waters reach the South Australian border they split into channels across the plains and roll on into Cooper Creek and the Diamantina River. After months they finally reach the salt basin of Lake Eyre and turn it into a huge inland sea and with the coming of the waters so comes all sorts of life including enormous flocks of pelicans.
Review of the book.
Lake Eyre in flood. Picture by Pete Dobre.
the first few pages of the book the author describes a lot of changes that take
place when Lake Eyre floods and the illustrator gives many clues about the animal
and plant life that shows up in these conditions. Make a list of the changes
to the environment, both good and bad.
Email your observations to the Pannikin and Pinta Mail List email@example.com
Challenge 2. Find a map of South Australia and follow the pelicans' journey as you read the story. Find where the Coorong is and mark that on your map too.
Challenge 3. Pannikin
and Pinta is the only illustrated book in the Younger Reader's category for
Children's Book of the year. Why do you think it was included in this category
rather than in the Picture Book category?
Post your ideas to the Pannikin and Pinta Mail List firstname.lastname@example.org
Challenge 4. Human
beings can cause a lot of damage when they visit unusual places. In the story
one of the pelicans dies because of someone's carelessness. Make a poster to
tell tourists what they should and should not do when they visit Lake Eyre.
Make your poster into a web page. Your team's web page must have your team name with a .html extension as its name. there must be no spaces or capital letters in the name. For example, if your team name was "the Green Dragons", your webpage must be saved as: thegreendragons.html.
Email your team's page as an attachment, along with any graphics you've used, to
Pannikin and Pinta Maintainer email@example.com
Please allow 24 hours for your page to be posted to the Two Hands Student web site. To view the webpages submitted by teams, please click here
Pannikin Student Web Pages
Challenge 5. In many ways this is a sad story but it has some clear messages for example, Mr.Todd tells Sam when Pannikin dies that it was 'a victory in defeat'. What do you think he meant by that? Discuss some of the other messages in the story and post your ideas to the Pannikin and Pinta Mail List firstname.lastname@example.org
Clipart from MediaBuilder.