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EVE POWNELL AWARD 
SHORTLIST  

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Have you read all of the books on the short list?

 

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SAVING THE SPOTTED HANDFISH

By Gina M Newton and Rachel Tribout (Illustrator)

A beautiful picture book about a quirky little fish that is famous for walking on its 'hands'.

Have you ever seen a fish that could do a handstand?

This is the story of a quirky and primitive little fish that is famous for two reasons: walking on its ‘hands’ (pectoral fins), and being one of the first marine fish in the world to be listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

The Spotted Handfish has survived since the time of the dinosaurs – until now. Invasive seastars, pollution and climate change mean that this unique Australian is in serious trouble – hands up if you want to know more!

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BOOK TRAILER 

HOLD ON! SAVING THE SPOTTED HANDFISH

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RECYCLED

HANDFISH

Make your own Spotted Handfish Sculpture using recycled materials from around your home. ​Click on the the button below to see the step by step progress of Spotty the Shellharbour City Library handfish.

 

CREDIT

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

Author: Gina M Newton

Illustrator: Rachel Tribout

 
 

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COLOURING

Get creative and colour, paint or decorate a Spotted Handfish. Click on the button below to download this funky colouring in page. 

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