The Echidna and the Shade Tree by Pamela LoftsThe Echidna and the Shade Tree told by Murphy Dawson; retold and illustrated by Pamela Lofts
A Dreamtime Story from the Australian Aboriginies told by the Elders and passed on to the young children of their tribe.
Whilst the other animals are busy hunting, the Echidna is left under the Shade Tree to guard the children. But instead of rewarding the Echidna for doing so, the other animals feed him only the scraps left from the tastiest bits.
This myth explains of how the Echidna got its spikes on his back, how it came to eat ants and why until this day, walks awkwardly.
This book is a great introduction to learning about different animal species from Australia. With a vibrant and strong use of colour, the pictures grab childrens attention, making this story very engaging. The author very cleverly allows for many topics to be explored within the classroom such as; the behaviour towards the Echidna; and if they were the Echidna - how would they feel?
I would recommend this book to upper KS1 and lower KS2 pupils, a great age to instil and discuss what they feel is morally acceptable.
The Echidna and the shade tree
How the Echidna Got His Spikes
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