Up The River (hardcover edition)

Explore the creeks, rivers, lakes and wetlands of New Zealand and discover the animals and plants that live in freshwater habitats.

Learn about the amazing journeys of eels and whitebait, secretive birds, and tiny insects that live underwater.

This beautifully illustrated and highly informative book in hardcover format is aimed at children from pre-schoolers up and anyone curious about New Zealand’s natural environment.

Written by Gillian Candler and illustrated by Ned Barraud

$29.50 incl. GST

5 in stock

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The hardcover edition of Up the River, which is the sixth title in the award-winning ‘explore & discover’ series by the successful author and illustrator combination of Gillian Candler and Ned Barraud. Also available in paperback format.

Young readers can look under the surface and see what special creatures live around New Zealand’s freshwater habitats – our creeks, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Included in this title are animals ranging from the familiar pūkeko to the rarely seen bittern, from the iconic eel to tiny whitebait, and some of the many barely known aquatic insects.

Swimmable and drinkable fresh water are hot topics, and Up the River shows that many native animals depend on healthy waterways for a habitat, and their presence is often used as a sign of the water’s health.

Beautifully illustrated and impeccably researched, this is a wonderful and intriguing way for children to learn about New Zealand’s freshwater environments.

Previous ‘explore & discover’ titles have: won the Elsie Locke Medal for non-fiction (2013), received Storylines awards (2014, 2015) and been finalists in the NZ Children’s Book Awards (2013, 2015).

Meet the Kiwi creatorsGillian Candler Ned Barraud

Find out more about Kiwi author Gillian Candler on her author profile.

Find out more about Kiwi author and illustrator Ned Barraud on his author profile.

Additional information

Dimensions23 × 21 cm
First published



Hardcover edition



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Published by

Potton & Burton


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