Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 8 to 12
- Grade: 3 to 7
Camelia Airheart is back! The endearing young Canada goose is on an adventure to the Tantramar Wetlands, in southeast New Brunswick. She is looking for "leg bling" just like the kind her Aunt Tilly has. As always, Camelia is easily distracted and needs help along the way.
In Take off to Tantramar, Camelia flies with her big brother, McCurdy, in search of the famous wetlands. There, they meet Drake, a chubby, rapping mallard duck, who can't get enough of the "corn buffet". While at the wetlands, Camelia and McCurdy get separated, and each has an adventure--Drake falls for an "inhabitant" of the wetlands while Camelia experiences the surprising (to her!) process of being banded, resulting in her getting a shiny leg band to call her own!
Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! was an instant hit with children of all ages including young-at-heart adults. The early chapter book about a curious Canada goose with a faulty goose positioning system--GPS--is already in its second printing. The characters in Take off to Tantramar are brought to life through full colour illustrations by Odette Barr.
About the authors
Odette Barr (author/illustrator), Colleen Landry (author) and Beth Weatherbee (author) are teachers in New Brunswick's Anglophone School District-East.
Odette has illustrated a number of nature-themed guidebooks for Fundy National Park. Her passion and inspiration for her writing and art comes from her love of nature and the environment. She worked for many years as an interpretive naturalist for Environment Canada before turning to teaching in the traditional indoor classroom. Odette spent 10 years teaching Inuit students in Nunavut.
Colleen Landry is a humour writer whose articles have appeared in Canadian Living, The Globe and Mail and The Irish Times. She is also one of the co-authors of Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! and Take off to Tantramar. Her humour blog One Hot-Flashin' Mama focuses on menopause and family life in the Maritimes. Colleen lives in Moncton, NB.
Beth Weatherbee teaches music and English language arts at Port Elgin Regional School. She has a broad background in performing and volunteered for many years with Showcase Productions in her hometown of Amherst, NS. She is one of the co-authors of the Camelia Airheart books which include Follow the Goose Butt, Camelia Airheart! and Take off to Tantramar. She also composed and recorded the Branta Bog Ballad for the Camelia Airheart books. Beth lives in beautiful Baie Verte, NB.
- Short-listed, New Brunswick Book Awards, Alice Kitts Memorial Award for Excellence in Children's Writing