Rivertime by Trace Balla follows the adventures of Clancy who goes on a paddling adventure down the Glenelg River in the Wimmera CMA region with his bird-watching uncle. It is a story about slowing down (‘rivertime’), growing up and connecting with the land and its creatures. It’s also a fantastic launching pad for doing some birdwatching at your waterwatch site.
There are no online versions of this book but a hard copy can be ordered at your favourite book store. The story can be read as a class but is best enjoyed by individuals to read and reflect at their own pace, pore over the detailed illustrations and enjoy every comic-style speech bubble.
Teacher Notes provide suggested activities for middle/upper primary students or use this Rivertime-inspired pocket birdwatching guide by Trace Balla to inspire your students to make a guide for your area !