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Keady, Sally (text) Patrieia Negus (illus.): Rottnest Island.

** KEADY, Sally (text) Patrieia Negus (illus.) Rottnest Island Honey Possum Designs, 2013 81pp $27.95 pbk ISBN 9780987091024 SCIS 1608720

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Rottnest Island, located in the Indian Ocean about 20kilometres west of Fremantle, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Western Australia. Rich with wildlife and a fascinating history of both indigenous and European settlement, the 1900hectare island is an ecotourism resort with a diversity of habitats.

Negus' water colours are finely detailed, depicting both the wildlife and human activity with realism and affection for the subject. They reveal the seaside essence of the setting, capturing the brightness of the Australian sun, the vitality of the flora and fauna and the leisurely pace of the holidaymakers as they fish, explore the island and enjoy the activities it offers. Keady has provided a wealth of information that addresses both the environmental and social aspects of the island that will satisfy any inquisitive tourist or student researching the location.

The written text and illustrations are beautifully blended throughout with every page a visual delight, while the gloss paper and attractive front cover add to the overall appeal of the book. Blue ink is used for the written text and the language is simple but precise. Rottnest Island is a comprehensive text that is suitable for lower secondary students and libraries.

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Author:Nolan, John
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Date:Nov 1, 2013
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