one careless night
Publisher: WALKER BOOKS
Date of publication: June 1st, 2019
Country of publication: AUSTRALIA
Theme/topic: nature, endangered animals, extinction, thylacines, Tasmanian tigers, animals, history, biodiversity, Tasmania, Australia, zoos, environment
Age group: Primary +
'Where the mist swallows mountains and winds whisper through ancient trees, myths and legends are born. There are forests here where no one has trod and creatures run free in endless rain and deep, dark bush.'
One Careless Night follows the journey of a mother thylacine and her pup through the Tasmanian bush. Their lives are safe as they have been forever until the arrival of a new hunter that catches them for a bounty. Sold to the zoo, the mother 'fades like mist in the sun', leaving her daughter alone.
The story of extinction and the devastation of our environment and its consequences.
Told in a poetic style with minimal language to support the illustrations, this book, on a basic level, tells the story of the last of the thylacines, the 'tygers'. At another level, it tells the bigger story of all thylacines and animals that have been decimated by humans and how extinction is forever.
Is there hope? That is up to the reader to consider.