Look at Percy's little waistcoat!
This app is based on the true events of an oil slick in June 2000 that threatened thousands of sea birds.
Peter, Pamela and Percy are snazzily dressed little penguins who find themselves in deep trouble when an oil slick covers their feathers in oil. A rescue operation begins and brings the trio on a journey, meeting sharks, a whale and her calf and ending in a big 'welcome home' party in Cape Town.
I loved the illustrations, narration and humour in this app. And, more importantly, it inspired lots of questions from the Tot about how pollution affects animals, why oil cannot be washed out with shower gel, and discussions about how our actions can cause consequences for lots of little birds and creatures.
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This beautiful app has been built for the iPad, with real life sound, read-along and automatic paging.
It features clear and precise English narration by Lisa Templeton, words and concept by Linda Fellowes and artwork by Tee.
This tale is based on the true story of the ship the 'Treasure', which sank in June 2000 just north of Cape Town, and caused a huge oil slick (1300 tonnes of oil) that harmed thousands of sea birds. People came from far and near to help rescue the penguins in an enormous clean-up operation driven by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the Avian Demography Unit at UCT, SANCCOB and WWF amongst others. About 43 000 penguins were rescued in total, of those about 20 000 were oiled. The clean penguins were shipped from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth by truck to swim back to Cape Town (with some luck, because no one knew for sure what they would do, but they were counting on their strong homing instinct) in order to buy time to clean the beaches and the sea. The whole of South Africa plotted the progress of the 3 rescued penguins, Peter, Pamela and Percy, who were equipped with tracking devices (provided by SAP Southern Africa), as they swam home to Cape Town.