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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780670072361
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $29.99
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One Small Island




A beautiful, award-winning picture book by much-loved creators Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch about the remote and precious World Heritage site, Macquarie Island, and the battle to save it from environmental destruction.

Macquarie Island lies in the Southern Ocean, between Antarctica and New Zealand. A speck of green in the vast, windswept sea, it is a haven for many creatures that live above and below the waves. In One Small Island, Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch bring us the story of this remote and precious World Heritage Site. Together they explore the island's unique geological beginnings, discovery and degradation at the hands of humans, and the battle to restore it today.

This is a beautiful, award-winning picture book by much-loved creators Alison Lester and Coral Tulloch about the remote and precious World Heritage site, Macquarie Island, and the battle to save it from environmental destruction. One Small Island asks the important question: can Macquarie Island and places like it be saved?

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780670072361
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Authors

Alison Lester

Alison Lester is one of Australia's most popular and bestselling creators of children's books. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special.

In a career spanning decades, Alison Lester has written many books, and won numerous prestigious awards, including the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Award for her much-loved classic Are We There Yet? and the CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year Award for One Small Island. Her picture books include Kissed by the Moon, Running with the Horses, Sophie Scott Goes South and My Dog Bigsy – to name just a few. Alison Lester became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate in 2012, a position shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, Alison was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children's book writer to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life.

Alison lives on a farm in the Victorian countryside. She spends part of each year travelling to schools around Australia, helping students and teachers develop their own stories.

Coral Tulloch

Coral Tulloch has illustrated over 50 fiction and non-fiction books for children, in Australia and internationally.

She is the creator of a syndicated page for children, 'The Tales of Wombat Creek', which appeared for over 20 years in newspapers throughout Australia and overseas. Her book Antarctica, The Heart of the World, which she wrote and illustrated, won the Environment Award for Children's Literature in 2004.

As well as having a passion for environmental education, Coral loves Antarctica, which she visits when she can as artist-in-residence on tourist voyages; but recently drawings of penguins have given way to tortoise shells.

Coral lives in Hobart with her husband, Peter and daughter, Tully.


Praise for One Small Island

“Featuring sumptuous artwork, divinely 'aged' maps and letters, hand-drawn diagrams of animals, geographical shapes, houses, ships and much more, One Small Island tells the story of Macquarie Island, a sub-Antarctic island and World Heritage site whose precious ecosystem has been severely damaged since the island's discovery in 1810 . . . Both passionate environmentalists, Lester and Tulloch have travelled to Macquarie Island and Antarctica as Australian Antarctic Arts Fellows - and their concern for this glorious part of the world is beautifully showcased in One Small Island. To read about the efforts being made to restore this pristine land to its former condition is truly heartening – and this story is a vital one to impart to our children – many of whom would have no idea of the peril of Macquarie Island (and let's add many an adult to this equation). A book of importance and hope, this is a must-have book for schools, libraries and of course, the bookshelf of every Australian child. ”

Tania McCartney, www.kids-bookreview.com

“This fascinating non-fiction picture book is about Macquarie Island, located in the Southern Ocean. It explores the history of the island from its unique geological beginnings through the damage wrought by sealers and introduced animals, along with recent restoration programs. Drawings by Coral Tulloch beautifully illustrate the succinct text and for keen readers there are old-fashioned diagrams, maps and text that document the geological features, along with first-hand accounts from explorers, sealers and scientists. The overarching message of this book is that while it may be only ‘one small island’, Macquarie Island is a microcosm that illustrates much about human impact upon ecosystems. This beautiful and educational book will suit avid history and environment fans from ages five to ten.”

Angela Crocombe, Readings


Awards & Recognition

  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards

    Winner • 2012 • Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

  • Environment Award for Children's Literature

    Winner • 2012 • Picture Fiction

  • Whitley Book Awards

    Winner • 2012 • Best Children's Book

  • WAYRBA Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 2012 • Picture Books

  • Melbourne Prize for Literature

    Winner • 2018 • Alison Lester


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