ISBN 978-0-9955146-0-7 (Wader Quest Publishing)
“I Really enjoyed reading the lovely book you wrote. There are all kinds of ways that I can use it in the class. I think that your book would be ideal to use in conjunction with a field project I am planning: ‘Farmers For Shigi’ [Shigi is the Japanese word for waders] and my students would try to encourage farmers to keep some of their rice paddies covered in water during the passage of waders in Spring and Autumn.”
Rob Edmunds, Applied Biology Lecturer, Gifu University, Japan.
“I really enjoyed reading Eury the Spoon-billed Sandpiper. It is a story about a spoon-billed sandpiper who was migrating during winter. I liked it because I learnt new things, like birds, [countries] and facts I haven’t heard before like, birds migrate during winter and that birds eat insects and flies. I would give this book 5/5. I recommend that other children should read it.”
Poppy Bradbury, Aged 8
“‘Eury The Spoon-billed Sandpiper’ is a beautifully written and illustrated story about the life cycle experience of a critically endangered wader. The title itself provides an interesting and subtle reference to the scientific name for this wader species.
We get to know Eury and his family as we might any family. Sometimes to anthropomorphise in this way can be strained, but here it is comfortable and compelling. We can easily envisage our own grandchildren being captivated by Eury’s life and the many adventures he encounters, and experiencing the many emotions that, like all good stories, it evokes.
Of course, “Eury The Spoon-billed Sandpiper” is more than a delightful children’s story, because through it, the authors Rick and Elis Simpson who reveal intimate knowledge of the birds, provide a powerful conservation message about the many threats including, and perhaps especially, from ‘the creatures that walk upright’. The clever insinuation of themselves into the story, as friendly upright creatures, is a gem.
We applaud the authors and the illustrator for this charming and important contribution to children’s literature about endangered waders.”
Mike & Rose Clear
(Authors of “Letters to the Family – The Story of an Endangered Shorebird”: Envirobook, Sydney 2010)
Cudmirrah, NSW South Coast, Australia
“I read the “Eury” book, and I’ll read it to my daughter – I’m sure she’ll be moved by the story like I was. She’s always loved all animals, and has a particular soft spot for baby birds. I particularly appreciated the sympathy toward the birds on their migrations – for everything they have to go through from one place to another. It’s a refreshing change from the emphasis on only the scientific aspects of birds, seeing them as sensitive fellow creatures”
Alicia Mottur, Belgium
“Having sat and read your book from cover to cover, I can honestly say that it is a delightful book that will inspire anyone who reads it… Clearly, this is a book that is intended primarily for educational purposes, but with the added bonus of being an enjoyable read. Targeted at the right audience, this is a book that will urge many young people to want to take action in order to help, not only spoon-billed sandpipers, but all of our wading bird species (It certainly made me want to do something).”
Mark Croot, Primary School teacher, UK
“Loving the book… reading it to Alice at the minute… she is [enjoying it] and she asks questions as we read it… nothing we can’t answer. It’s a wonderful little book.”
Andrew Dove, UK via twitter.
I’ve been wanting to write for a long time to tell you that Eury was a success with my son! To the point that after the 3rd chapter he could not wait to have a chapter read per night, and when we were done he asked to very interesting questions: 1) Can you buy book number 2? 2) Can we study Spoon-billed Sandpiper as well as Buff-breasted Sandpipers (he’s been to the field with me banding buffies some years ago)? – I was also very happy with the book, it was helpful to teach my son some everyday issues, especially related to dangers of life and how parents try to protect their kids. It actually made me think about working with the Buff-breasted Sandpiper group and writing about their story from the Arctic to southern Brazil… Who knows…
Juliana Almeida, Brazil