Children's story in verse telling of Aotearoa's endangered longfin eels and their migration from the silver-cold streams, rivers and lakes in which they grew up, to the tropical Pacific Islands far away, where they spawn once and die. When the eggs hatch, tiny, leaf-like baby eels drift on ocean currents back to Aotearoa New Zealand. The book is the fourth written by freshwater biologist, Amber McEwan, and is beautifully illustrated by Sonia Frimmel who researches, writes and designs signs and brochures about NZ nature and history; drawing pictures of birds, beasts and plants for signs and publications; and occasionally making colourful paintings of New Zealand's wonderful wild places.
Amber McEwan is a freshwater biologist who is passionate about conservation, particularly of New Zealand's freshwater ecosystems. She has a special love and appreciation for eels, and does a lot of work trying to protect them from their various threats - especially longfin eels. Writing this book is just one more way for Amber to share her love and knowledge of the longfin eel, and the amazing migratory journey that this species undertakes. Her two small children love eels too, and enjoy feeding the local longfins in the stream at the bottom of their street.