Roll Up, Roll Up, Clean Up – Taking Responsibility

Title: Roll Up, Roll Up, Clean Up – Taking Responsibility

by: Penny Harris

illustrated by: Winnie Zhou

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

An innovative, award-winning series helping children develop social and emotional well-being”. Selected for the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s School Readiness Funding Menu for 2020.

Roll Up, Roll Up, Clean Up – Taking Responsibility

Ginnie & Pinney and their friends are discussing spring-cleaning when they notice a bad smell coming from the Koala’s house. The friends have to intervene. Teaching the koalas to clean their house is a lot of fun, but when the friends leave, have the koalas learnt anything?

Author, Penny Harris, has spotlighted an important issue relevant yesterday, today and in the future – taking responsibility. The characters in the story discover a bad smell coming from the koalas’ house and confront them about it. They each pass the buck dodging their responsibility. But then the friends all get together and help each other out. But is it enough?

One particular aspect that I liked about the story is how each characters’ thoughts, feelings and point of view is expressed, discussed and how they decide together what the solution for the problem is, showing children how to communicate and to focus on the problem at hand together as a team.  

Artist, Winnie Zhou, has used facial expressions on the characters well to show the feelings of the characters so that children can see the emotion as well as read about it.

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Title: Roll Up, Roll Up, Clean Up – Taking Responsibility

by: Penny Harris

illustrated by: Winnie Zhou

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/

ISBN: 9781922265791

Subject: Children, Learning,

Pages: 32

This book was given to Julieann by Big Sky Publishing for review

Reviewed by Julieann Wallace

(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)

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Julieann is a multi-published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – fiction novelist, she is working as a secondary art teacher, editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing. 

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10 Naughty Numbats

Title: 10 Naughty Numbats

by: Grace Nolan

illustrated by: Nancy Bevington

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Learn to count to ten with the naughty numbats and their delightful bush friends!

Author, Grace Nolan, has penned a fun counting book for children that has a great beat and rhythm that will have children chanting the words as well as counting the animals in the story – platypus, koalas, kangaroos, wombats, dingo pups, kingfishers, possums, black swans, echidnas and numbats. As I read the story, immediately I could see 10 Naughty Numbats being acted out in class.

Artist, Nancy Bevington, has portrayed the animals with a happy disposition, engaging the onlooker with a sprinkle of happiness.

As an educator, I was happy to see “Fun Learning Activities” as an added eight page bonus after the end of the story, written in a way that increases in the challenge of counting and encouraging active learning.

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Title: 10 Naughty Numbats

by: Grace Nolan

illustrated by: Nancy Bevington

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/

ISBN: 9781922265616

Subject: Numbers, counting

Pages: 32

This book was given to Julieann by Big Sky Publishing for review

Reviewed by Julieann Wallace

(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)

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Julieann is a multi-published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – fiction novelist, she is working as a secondary art teacher, editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing. 

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Rain Shaker

Title: Rain Shaker

by: Elizabeth Mary Cummings

illustrated by: Cheri Hughes

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

When Erin finds a snow-shaker she embarks on a magical journey of possibility.

In a world of droughts and floods where water won’t behave, Erin’s imagination shakes things up and shows her she can help make a better world.

Author, Elizabeth Mary Cummings, has captured the summer temperature and dryness of Australia with visually descriptive words pulling you into the heat and land of thirstiness, encouraging you to join Erin on her crusade for water so her sunflowers can grow. As you turn the pages and read you discover some interesting facts about sunflowers that fill your mind with wonder before you are drawn into the decorating of a Christmas tree, the switch on of the exterior fairly lights of the house and finishing with an excited Erin doing the rain shaker dance until the heavens drop their drips of water on her. But is it enough to make her sunflowers grow?

Artist, Cheri Hughes, has cleverly used colour to complement the story creating a juxtaposition between the reality of Erin’s dry and dusty world and her dream world of techni colours, keeping you grounded in the real world, and then sweeping you up in the dreamy colours of imagination.

There’s an added bonus on the end pages – “Erin’s Sunflower Fun Facts” and a page titled “Grow Your Own Sunflower!”

Rain Shaker is a wonderful story that will keep you turning the pages hoping that rain will come for Erin’s sunflowers. I can see children everywhere wanting to grow their own sunflowers after reading this book. In fact, I think I will do just that!

Purchase a copy: https://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/books/rain-shaker/

Title: Rain Shaker

by: Elizabeth May Cummings

illustrated by: Cheri Hughes

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/

ISBN: 9781922387165

Subject: Global warming, nature

Pages: 32

This book was given to Julieann by Big Sky Publishing for review

Reviewed by Julieann Wallace

(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)

https://www.facebook.com/julieannwallace.author/

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Julieann is a multi-published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – fiction novelist, she is working as a secondary art teacher, editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing. 

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Eva’s Imagination, a book review

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Title: Eva’s Imagination
by: Wenda Shurety
illustrated by: Karen Erasmus
Publisher: New Frontier

Eva is bored. Soooo bored.
‘What’s happened to your imagination, Eva?’ asks her mum.
So Eva and her faithful sidekick, Chops, set out on an adventure to find it …

‘Mum, I’m BORED!’ There isn’t a mother on the planet who hasn’t heard these words. But being bored is a very good thing. It’s a chance to unleash the amazing ability of the mind to imagine anything that’s possible and impossible. Where would we be without the imagination of those who have invented, found cures, explored Earth and beyond, and written stories?

Author, Wenda Shurety, has written an inspiring tale of discovery in her picture book, Eva’s Imagination. Young Eva is bored. Her mum asks, “What’s happened to your imagination?” But Eva doesn’t know what an imagination is, so she goes looking for it with her adorable dog, Chops, tagging behind. On her journey, she encounters fantastical landscapes and creatures amongst the real-life landscapes in her home, as her imagination kicks in without her realising it.

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Illustrator, Karen Erasmus, has captured Eva’s imagination playfully, transforming ordinary household furniture and items into exciting places to explore. Children will enjoy looking for details in the imagination pictures like a game of ‘I spy’.

Wenda Shurety  has added an extra surprise into the story. It’s something found in an imaginary cave that will give children and adults alike a warm fuzzy moment. When you find it, it will make your heart smile.

Eva’s Imagination is a beautiful story that children will adore, while encouraging them to go on an adventure of their own, wherever they may be. This is most certainly a book to treasure.

Purchase a copy: Eva’s Imagination

Title: Eva’s Imagination
by: Wenda Shurety
illustrated by: Karen Erasmus
Publisher: New Frontier
ISBN: 978-1-925594-23-2
Subject: Imagination
Age: 3 – 6 years
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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Julieann is a published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – fiction novelist, she is working as an editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing.

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Dreaming Soldiers, a book review

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Title: Dreaming Soldiers
by: Catherine Bauer
illustrated by: Shane McGrath
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Jimmy and Johnno are best mates. The two young friends do everything together, sharing adventures and growing up side by side in the dust cattle yards on an Australian Outback Station. When World War 1 strikes, the head overseas to fight on the battlefields of the western Front. Two boys from different cultures. A friendship for life.

Author, Catherine Bauer, has penned a superb picture book based on the lives of Jimmy Watson (an Indigenous Australian) and Johnno Hogan, at an Australian Outback Cattle Station in 1914. We follow the boys’ carefree and fun childhood, where they solidify their friendship as they navigate waterholes, camping, horse-riding, fly swishing, listening to dreamtime stories and the forever words from Johnno’s mum, ‘Don’t you two get into trouble!’
But as Jimmy and Johnno get older, the best friends are separated as Johnno attends ‘big school’, then university. However, each holiday break, Jimmy and Johnno were always reunited, returning to carefree days of friendship and fun.

One day, when Jimmy and Johnno go to town for supplies, they enlist for the Australian Army. ‘Don’t you two get into trouble!’ a teary-eyed Mrs Hogan said. And then they were gone. As the reader turns the following pages, the reality and darkness of war sets in. And there you will see Jimmy and Johnno together, best mates, looking out for each other so they don’t get into trouble.

Illustrator, Shane McGrath, has portrayed the spirit of each page with depth, reflecting the mood of the text. His artwork is divine as he captures the strength of Jimmy and Johnno’s friendship.

I love stories like this one, breaking boundaries, breaking fear of the unknown because of skin colour, helping others to see each person, not by their colour, but by their kindness and empathy for others. We all matter.

Catherine Bauer has included an important information page titled, ‘Indigenous Australians at War’ after the last page of the story. It’s an absolute must read.

Dreaming Soldiers is filled with well-chosen words, but there is one sentence in the story that is most poignant. It reads like this: But this time was special too because, for the first time, Jimmy was treated just like everyone else.

Dreaming Soldiers is most certainly in my top five Anzac Day and Remembrance Day books to read to children and students.

Teacher Notes: Dreaming Soldiers by Catherine Bauer Teacher Notes

Purchase a copy: Big Sky Publishing – Dreaming Soldiers

Title: Dreaming Soldiers
by: Catherine Bauer
illustrated by: Shane McGrath
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925675535
Subject: Children, WWII
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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Julieann is a published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – YA and fiction novelist, she is working as an editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing.

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The Great Barrier THIEF, a book review

 

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Title: The Great Barrier THIEF
Written & Illustrated by: Dr Suzie Starfish
Publisher: Little Steps Publishing

‘Good grief! What has happened to the Great Barrier Reef?
Did you know the coral colours are a warning sign? A global reef alarm? We all need to do what we can to keep it safe from harm.’

One day Anthia’s home on the Great Barrier Reef starts getting hot, VERY hot. Soon all the colour starts disappearing from the Reef! Join Anthia and her sea creature friends as they find the Great Barrier THIEF and bring the colours back to their underwater home.

What I love about books is that they give a voice to those who cannot speak, including our living earth.

Talented author and illustrator, Dr Suzie Starfish, has created a story of significance. The Great Barrier THIEF is set in the Great Barrier Reef, off the east coast of Australia. It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world, larger than the Great Wall of China, and is the only living thing on earth visible from space.

However, being underwater, the vanishing colour of the Great Barrier Reef is all too easy to miss. It’s also a serious ‘the-planet-is-unhealthy-sign’. But thanks to Marine Scientist, Dr Sue Pillans aka Dr Suzie Starfish, and her great ocean passion, she is creating a focussed awareness and mindfulness through her picture book, The Great Barrier THIEF.

The main character of the story, Anthia, lives in a beautiful, colourful underwater paradise, bustling with happiness and life (it’s also Nemo’s home from ‘Finding Nemo’). When the water starts feeling hot, Anthia becomes alarmed. And when her friend, Angela Algae leaves and the coral colours disappear, Anthia knows the problem is bigger than big, and goes in search of the cause and a solution.

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Dr Suzie Starfish’s illustrations are bright, colourful, and bursting with life at first, so when the Great Barrier Reef loses its colour, the reader feels a devastating loss alongside the main character, Anthia. This use of colour is an effective way to show that there are consequences for our actions. The visual representation of the effects of pollution on the Reef is confronting, creating a very real awareness of our bigger than big role in caring for the earth.

And for curious and science minds, Dr Suzie Starfish has included an information page – Underwater Wonders – explaining coral bleaching and a special algae called Zooxanthellae, that lives inside the coral. It’s fascinating reading!

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I highly recommend The Great Barrier THIEF. It’s a story of planet love. A story of working together. A story of problem-solving; a story of earth survival. We only have one home, and we must look after it. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Purchase a copy:  The Great Barrier THIEF

Title: The Great Barrier Thief
Written & Illustrated by: Dr Suzie Starfish
Publisher: Little Steps Publishing 
ISBN: 978-0-648267-38-6
Target Audience: 6 – 8 years
Pages: 32 pages

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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Julieann is a published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – fiction novelist, she is working as an editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury Chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing.

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The Forever Kid, a book review

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Title: The Forever Kid
by: Elizabeth Mary Cummings
illustrated by: Cheri Hughes
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

It’s Johnny’s birthday but he is no longer here. His family still gathers and lovingly celebrate. By continuing Johnny’s favourite party traditions and sharing special memories, the family feel a sense of closeness and comfort on this day of remembrance; Johnny, their Forever-Kid’s birthday.

Sometimes stories stop you in their tracks as we journey our busy, fast lifestyles, noticing nothing but the work tasks and activities in front of us. Some stories bring you back to reality, grounding you to cherish every moment with your grandparents, your parents, your siblings, your relatives, your partner, your friends, and your children. Some stories remind us that this life that has been gifted to us is finite. The Forever Kid, written by Elizabeth Mary Cummings, is that story.

Elizabeth gently welcomes us into Johnny’s family, and we meet his three siblings, Mother, Father, and Barker, the dog. The story is told from the point of view of Johnny’s brother, and the pages are filled with memories of Johnny, both happy and sad, carefree, and with some brotherly guilt at times. But most of all, the story is filled with love.

Illustrator, Cherie Hughes, has depicted the story of loss with tenderness, capturing the grief of Johnny’s family, and their memories of treasured moments.

The Forever Kid is a beautifully illustrated story that celebrates life, while sensitively dealing with loss, with a gentle weaving of memories by enacting Johnny’s favourite things on his birthday, filling the pages with his presence. Although confronting a terribly difficult topic of the loss of a child and sibling, The Forever Kid leaves the reader with an overwhelming feeling of love and hope, and the celebrated family traditions ensure Johnny will never be forgotten.

Purchase a copy: The Forever Kid

Title: The Forever Kid
by: Elizabeth Mary Cummings
illustrated by: Cheri Hughes
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925675382
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
https://www.facebook.com/julieannwallaceonethousandwords/
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Julieann is a published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – YA and fiction novelist, she is working as an editor, book designer, and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury Chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare off her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing.

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Jacaranda Magic, a book review

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Title: Jacaranda Magic
Author: Dannika Patterson
Illustrator: Megan Forward
Publisher: Ford St Publishing

Five friends are feeling bored on a hot sticky day.
Just when they think they’ll never find anything fun to play,
A simple gust of wind changes everything …

Things I love: reading, picture books, children engaging in imaginative play, and the magnificent blooms of Jacaranda trees.

Ford St Publishing’s author, Dannika Patterson, has captured my heart’s delight. Jacaranda Magic is magic by title, and magic by words, with Dannika’s wordsmithing weaving a tale of rhyme and rhythm that will have you diving into the pages of imagination, making you long for the days of fresh purple snow.

Illustrator, Megan Forward, has gifted the words with illustrations that bring the children’s imaginations to life, filling the pages with potions of purple, with action bouncing off each of the pages, except when the children are bored—and everyone knows what bored looks like.
9781925804003-3I highly recommend Jacaranda Magic. It is filled with rhyme that is blissfully satisfying to read aloud, with a rhythm and meter that allows the reader to fall into a dream state as the story weaves and uplifts, painting happy, sunshiny days of adventure under magical Jacaranda trees. This story is certain to delight girls and boys as it is read again and again, inspiring them to appreciate nature, live in the moment, and imagine their own adventures, as well as acting out the ones in the book. And when you thought you couldn’t love the book anymore, there is the theme of friendship – children enjoying life together, creating precious childhood memories to be cherished forever.

I know what I’m reading under the Jacaranda tree when it blooms every year, with a  wishy-wishy-wish. Do you?

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Title: Jacaranda Magic
Written by: Dannika Patterson
Illustrated by: Megan Forward
Publisher: http://www.fordstreetpublishing.com/ford/
ISBN: 9781925804003
Target Audience: 5 – 9 year-olds
Pages: 32 pages

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
(Dip T, B. Ed, Author, Illustrator, Tea Ninja, Cadbury Chocolate Annihilator)
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Julieann is a published author and illustrator who is continually inspired by the gift of imagination and the power of words. When she is not disappearing into her imaginary worlds as Julieann Wallace – children’s author, or as Amelia Grace – fiction novelist, she is working as a book designer, editor and book magician for other authors. Julieann is a self-confessed tea ninja and Cadbury Chocoholic, has a passion for music and art, and tries not to scare off her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing.

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Book Week – a Grand, Contagious Celebration

 

Something beyond spectacular happens in schools around Australia in Book Week: schools burst at the seams with colour and energy as they celebrate all things books.

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CBCA Book Week. It’s joyous. It’s adventurous. It’s contagious.
But it can’t happen without authors and illustrators. And it most definitely can’t happen without readers.

I have spent more than half of my life reading books to children, literally reading thousands and thousands of picture books and chapter books, and this is what I have noticed over the years: there is change – books for children have grown; not only in the amount of books, but they are richer in content, and in quality of illustrations.

And here’s the thing … picture books, chapter books and novels have only continued to get better. When you think you have read the best book ever for children, along comes another one that tops it.

It still amazes me after all these years, and even in our age of technology, that one physical children’s book can get the attention of an entire class like a rock star. Eyes are focussed, and ears are listening, hanging off every word. Children listen in eagerness together, laugh together, cry together, and ask for one more page, or to read it again, or please can we read one more chapter

It’s about the connection of hearts and minds. Being on the same page. That’s what books do.

Every experienced teacher in the world has books in their teacher toolkit. Here’s why –
• If you want to settle a class after an energetic play time – read them a book.
• If you want to introduce a lesson, or a new concept with pizazz – start by reading them a book with content that will be in the lesson.
• If you want to bring the class together at the end of the day – read them a book.
• If you want a class to think deeply about a concept – take them inside a book so they can feel the emotion of a character and see the world through that character’s eyes, ears and heart.
• If you want to inspire children – read them a book.

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And here’s the thing … reading books creates empathy, kindness and understanding in the reader. Stories are a powerful. They engage, entertain, empower, explain, encourage and inspire. Research shows that book readers are smarter and kinder.

Imagine a classroom without books. A library without books. A home without books. A world without books – it would be akin to missing a heart.

Imagine a world without writers – wait, that means no books, no movies, no gaming, no lyrics to songs – after all, they are all built from the foundation of stories … what would the world become?

Parents, authors thank you for your amazing support with book week.

Teachers, authors salute you, and thank you for the part you play in spreading the love for reading, for sharing books created by authors, and for gifting students with the ability to read.

Children, you are the reason children’s authors write, and will continue to write, as you are more important than all the treasure in the world.

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To finish, I’d like to share one precious memory of Book Week that stays with me – it’s a child who made his own costume from cardboard and alfoil. He had made it – not his mum, or his dad. His costume didn’t cost a lot, but it was filled with his imagination and with joy, created from the imagery of the words of his only book. It was simple, and yet, it was simply the best!

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Finn’s Feather, a book review

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Title: Finn’s Feather
by: Rachel Noble
illustrated by: Zoey Abbott
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books

Finn discovers an amazing white feather right on his doorstep.
Could it be from his brother Hamish who is now an angel?

Finn’s Feather is a rare book. It’s a book of acceptance, of understanding, of remembering, of healing, of love – a love that never vanishes; a love that cannot be contained by time or place.

Author, Rachel Noble, has penned a picture book that reaches out a hand to hold on to others as they walk the path of the loss of a child, not only for siblings, but also for parents. Rachel was inspired to write Finn’s Feather after the loss of her son, Hamish, in 2012. Shortly after the story took shape, she found a feather on her doorstep.

The story is told gently through the eyes of a child, Finn, who believes his brother left the feather on the doorstep. At first, the reader is unaware that Finn’s brother, Hamish, is no longer on the earth. He could be away or living elsewhere. It is only when a discussion between Finn and his friend takes place and the word ‘angel’ is used, that you reach a deeper understanding of the story.

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Artist, Zoey Abbott, has recreated the mood and emotion of each scene of the story intuitively with compassion. The use of coloured pencil and watercolour washes make a more real-life connection to the heart of the story than the use of digital illustration would have.

Finn’s Feather is not just for children. It’s for everyone. It’s a tool to open up discussion about the sometimes, taboo subject of death. It’s a tool to bridge emotional connections and understanding of those who have lost a loved one. And it’s a tool for remembrance, and a light in the darkness of grief. And quietly and gently, it’s also a celebration of a life.

Purchase a copy: Finn’s Feather by Rachel Noble

Title: Finn’s Feather
by: Rachel Noble
illustrated by: Zoey Abbott
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books
ISBN: 9781592702749
Category: 4 years +
Pages: 56

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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