Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Wildlife Corridor by J.R. Poulter/Tomomi Sarafov is an entertaining story that brings awareness to children about the environment and Australian wildlife. The animals are feeling bad when the trees are chopped down because these trees form a sheltered freeway. These trees are also homes for orphaned koala bears, for lonely possums, and hangouts for hungry gliders. The story asks readers to love the freeways and leave the trees as thoroughfares so that the Australian wildlife can be saved and the animals protected. The author highlights the importance of having trees so that the animals have enough space to build their homes and feel safe.
The author handles a relevant topic well and reaches out to readers effectively. The illustrations are wonderful and they breathe life into the scenes, making the story come alive for readers. It is an excellent storybook for interactive sessions in classrooms and school libraries as it speaks about saving the environment and wildlife, and tells children how to do it. Parents can also discuss with their children the importance of keeping the existing trees and planting new trees. The rhyming verses give the book a good pace and movement and a lyrical feel while reading. It is a good idea to introduce children to books like this as it will enable them to understand the importance of preserving nature and wildlife at a very young age. The illustration at the end also shows how a tree home can be beneficial to animals and why it is important to keep the trees so that the animals feel protected.