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March 2012

Gleebooks Bookshop - Thursday, March 01, 2012

from Kate Shepherd and Mandy Clarke, Austral Ed

Greetings from Australia which, instead of being the driest continent, is probably the wettest continent on earth at the moment!   You will be glad to know, however, that Mandy and I have not been flooded.  I (Kate) am high and dry in the Adelaide Hills where it would be nice to have a little more rain, but I guess you need to be careful what you wish for!! 

Sorry for the delay with the newsletter as we know some of you have been waiting patiently for it.   We had intended to send it out a few weeks ago but there never seems to be enough time for everything that has to be done.

We hope you all had a great holiday over the Christmas break (such a long time ago now.)   I (Kate) had a lovely time with family and lots of trips to the beach.  We have had a mild summer which means that I don’t worry about bushfires and that is always more relaxing!  My two little grandsons, Noah and Asher, came over for a week to Adelaide with their parents and this was such a treat for us.  One of their biggest excitements was watching the freight trains go past our house and the noisier and longer the train the more excited they became!

Mandy here in Sydney, where there has been almost no summer to speak of. We’ve had so much rain, and lots of overcast, very humid days. Usually I would get to the beach most weekends during summer, but there have been only a handful of ‘beach days’ this year. A bit disappointing, as an afternoon at the beach always feels like a mini-holiday! Still, when I see the images on the tv of all the terrible flooding in Queensland, NSW and Victoria, and the extremely cold winter experienced in Europe, I know I have nothing to complain of. Unlike Kate and Ron, whose Christmas was quite lively, Chris and I had a very quiet time, which was also lovely. However you spent your break, I hope it was enjoyable.

We are frequently asked by overseas teachers if there are any Conferences in Australia that we could recommend.  This year, there are a couple of Conferences emphasising Children’s Literature.   

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has a Conference every two years.  This year it will be in Adelaide from 17th – 19th May at the Convention Centre, located on the banks of the River Torrens (not a large river but a pretty venue in the city centre with lots of walks nearby.)  They have invited some marvellous authors to speak both from Australia and overseas;  speakers include Michael Gerard Bauer, Eion Colfer, Mem Fox, Oliver Jeffers, Dr Mark Norman, Ruth Starke and Gabrielle Wang. There are no parallel sessions and so delegates won’t miss out on hearing any of the authors or speakers.  For more details see the website  or email  for more information.

From 26th – 27 October, The Children’s Literature Centre in Fremantle Western Australia will be presenting the ‘Celebrate Reading National Conference – Insights into Quality Australian Literature for Young Adults’.    The Children’s Literature Centre runs an excellent year long programme about children’s literature for children and teachers.  This is their first Conference.  Guest presenters include Jackie French, James Roy, Isobelle Carmody and Shaun Tan (to be confirmed).   Details are on the website  or email

Art Books for Children

We have attached an updated list of Children’s Books about Art and have added a few excellent titles.  We are also very pleased to let everyone know that at long last Luke’s Way of Looking will be reprinted later this year.  Over the years that it has been out of print, we have been asked so frequently about it.  Written by Nadia Wheatley and illustrated by Matt Ottley, it is about a boy who sees things very differently from the other boys at school, who all dress the same and paint in a similar way.   In this world, portrayed in sepia colours, Luke lacks confidence and is told off in art classes for being too imaginative, for not painting what he sees.  One day Luke decides not to go to school and instead visits the Art gallery where he is astonished to find a magical, brilliantly-coloured world and he is thrilled that he feels so much at home there.  He returns to school full of confidence now that he understands that he is not alone in the way he sees the world.  The book was first published in 2000 and perhaps now seems a little fable-like in its very clear message.  This is a picture book promoting creativity and uniqueness in artistic expression, as well as introducing a range of styles.  It also invites discussion about the way different people interpret art and gives us an insight into the way different people view the world. KS 
Luke’s Way of Looking pb 9781921977725  $16.95 Due June 2012.

Faces by Zoe Miller and David Goodman  hardback  9781854379924  $25.95
This is a fascinating book.  It contains nothing but faces, and these have been created through the imaginative use of paint, collage, printing and sculpture, but most often just from anything that happens to be lying around.  This is perhaps the most interesting aspect of the book – that faces can be made from almost anything - from junk, or kitchen utensils, from stones, from paper scraps, string or tools.  Kids will be engaged by the surprising array of faces in the book and inspired to put together faces in a very wide variety of ways.  They, too, will see faces everywhere.   (6 – 11 years) KS

21st Century Art for Kids  Queensland Art Gallery  hardback  9781921503221  $35.00
Contemporary artists from around the world are asked to share their stories about how they came to be an artist.  As well as a photograph of each artist as a child, the artist talks a little about what they liked to do as a child and why they became an artist.  This is followed by an example of their art and an example of an activity for children which relates to the style of art.   There are contemporary artists from Mexico, Japan, France, Germany, Benin, Canada and China, as well as a number of examples of artists from Australia, including Indigenous artists.  It makes for very interesting reading as there is such a range of styles.  (9 – 13 years) KS

Surrealism for Kids by Queensland Art Gallery Children’s Art Centre. 9781921503344 hardback $25.00
This fabulous book contains double-page spreads with a brief biography and photo of eight of the major players in the Surrealism and Dada art movements – Breton, Ernst, Arp, Dali, etc. These Meet the Artist pages are interspersed with some of the surreal word and picture games that they invented and so loved to spend their time playing. There are lots of wonderfully imaginative activities such as automatic drawing (done blindfolded!), torn paper collage and surrealist collage, frottage (pencil rubbing) and how to make a Dadaist poem. At the back of the book there are pages of landscape backgrounds, collage images and inkblots that can be photocopied, cut out and used to do the activities, which would be suitable for children of 6 years and up. MC

And Picasso Painted Guernica by Alain Serres  (translated from the French) hardback   9781741759945  $35.00  
It is rare to come across a book about art which contains so much interesting background information written in such an informative and moving way. Although intended for a teenage and young adult audience, anyone interested in art would find it fascinating.  It describes Pablo Picasso’s life as a young child through text and also through many photographs, illustrations and paintings.  Picasso showed a prodigious talent at a very young age.   The changes in his art styles are described, as well as his passion for painting harlequins, street people, bulls and minotaurs.   Most interesting is the way all of his former work and influences contributed to his massive work of Guernica, painted as a protest against the bombing of Guernica in Spain, and also against the killing of defenceless civilians in war anywhere.   The painting shows so graphically Picasso’s grief and torment.  The book also gives a background to the Civil War in Spain and also describes the way Picasso gradually developed his ideas for this huge painting by showing many early studies and details.   Highly recommended as a book giving us insight into how a great work of art was created, and also into the life and work of Pablo Picasso.  (11 years up) KS

Children’s Book of Art: An Introduction to the World’s Most Amazing Paintings and Sculptures  DK hardback  9781405336598  $29.95
This book gives an excellent introduction to art and sculpture around the world.  It looks at art more or less chronologically and so begins with early art, giving examples of rock art around the world, then Egyptian and Roman frescoes and mosaics.  It covers a huge range of styles and, in most instances, gives examples from around the world rather than the normal emphasis on European art.  Frequently there is a description of an activity showing, for example, how children can make mosaics or their own Roman fresco.  Various types of painting such as watercolours, oils and acrylics are also discussed and there are activities on how to use them and information on how colours are created.    Looks at the many periods of art including Romantic, Baroque and the various modern art movements including Impressionism, Surrealism and Abstract art.   Finally, the book looks at sculpture around the world.   It is one of the better books showing examples of beautiful artworks from around the world and their chronology.  (10 – 15 years) KS

Books about Asia

Crouching Tiger by Ying Chang Compestine illustrated by Yan Nascimbene hardback  9780763646424 $27.95
When Vinson’s grandfather from China comes to stay with the family in the US, Vinson is intrigued by the slow, meditative movements of Tai Chi which his grandfather practices each day.  However, he is also a little embarrassed by his grandfather’s emphasis on things Chinese and his insistence on calling Vinson by his Chinese name, Ming Da. When Vinson realises that his grandfather has been training the Lion Dancers for the big Parade, he is most impressed and is delighted when he also gets to play an important part in the Lion Dance.  Information about a number of Chinese customs and traditions are included in the story and brought to life through the lively illustrations.  Many small sketches of a child demonstrating various Tai Chi positions add to the appeal of this picture book.  (6 – 9 years) KS 

The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in Shanghai  by Ed Young  hardback  9780316076289  $25.00   
This picture book tells the story of the house that Ed Young’s father built in Shanghai as a refuge to protect his family of five children during the years of turmoil which he knew would come to Shanghai during the Second World War.  The house was large and it provided a happy and lively shelter for a number of other families as well during the long war years.  The illustrations are extraordinarily innovative, using many different media including old photos, sketches of the layout of the house, collage, paintings and drawings.  It is a wonderful memoir showing the closeness of the family and also the fun they had and the games they invented, making full use of the house while many other parts of Shanghai suffered outside this haven.  (10 – 16 years) KS

The Little Refugee by Anh Do and Suzanne Do illustrated by Bruce Whatley  hardback 9781742378329  $24.95
This is the picture book version of a very popular adult book, The Happiest Refugee, about Anh Do and his family's escape from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat, and their very dangerous journey to Australia.  They survived a terrifying storm, which ruined their meagre food and water supplies, and an attack by pirates, before being rescued by a German cargo ship. The book also describes his childhood in Australia, and his family’s efforts to fit in and make a new life for themselves. When he is made class captain his parents are so proud, and Anh finally feels accepted by his fellow students. The power of optimism and hope is strong.
Bruce Whatley uses a mixture of illustration styles, with sepia and grey-toned realistic sketches reflecting the trauma of the war and the boat journey, contrasting with simpler, comic-style coloured drawings once the family reaches the safety of Australia. (5 – 10 years) KS MC
The adult book is a best-selling memoir and is suitable for secondary students.  The Happiest RefugeeMy journey from tragedy to comedy pb 9781742372389  $32.99 Anh Do is now a very popular comedian.

School for Princes:  Stories from the Panchatantra by Jamila Gavin illustrated by Bee Wiley hardback $32.95  
These are five ancient fables about five unruly, badly-behaved princes who are turned into responsible and caring future kings through the storytelling wisdom of their old teacher, Sarma.  Jamila Gavin made up five original stories about the Princes and these are interspersed with the original fables in this collection.   The stories she created help give us a much greater understanding of the fables and their significance, and they also give us information about the period of the Panchatantra. Charming illustrations add to the appeal of this lovely hardback book.  (9 – 14 years) KS

The Plum-Rain Scroll  by Ruth Manley  pb  9780702235054  $19.95
I was delighted to see this book back in print.  Originally published in 1978, it is an exciting and amusing fantasy quest in which Taro, an odd-jobs boy, and a number of companions, including the ghostly Hiroshi, the blue Oni Tsuki and the Cherry-Blossom Princess, pledge themselves to finding the Plum-Rain Scroll, which holds the secret to defeating the evil Lord Marishoten who seeks to overthrow the Mikado.  Ruth Manley draws on her knowledge of Japanese folklore to create an inventive and delightfully witty story. (10 – 14 years) KS

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus  hardback 9780810989818  $24.00   pb 9781419702006  $12.00
This is a well-written and absorbing story of the life of Manjiro, a fisher boy from Japan who was shipwrecked onto a rocky island outcrop and rescued by an American whaling boat.  Manjiro takes the opportunity given to him by the kindly Captain and goes to America where he is educated.  When he finally goes back to Japan, he is temporarily imprisoned, but is later appointed as a samurai, an amazing honour for anyone of such lowly birth.  The story is based on fact but has been dramatised and a few characters added to provide more interest for younger readers.   (10 – 14 years) KS.  See also in Children’s Books about Asia list - Non-fiction 
•  Shipwrecked! The true adventures of a Japanese boy by Rhoda Blumberg  pb 9780688174859 $13.00  which tells the amazing story of Manjiro’s life with many informative illustrations, photos and maps.  KS


No Return: Captain’s Scott’s Race to the Pole  by Peter Gouldthorpe  hardback  9780734412201  $28.99
There is so much written about the journey of Scott and his men to the South Pole, and how it ended in tragedy, that I wondered if another book was really needed.  However, this book is very well written and the illustrations are so detailed and well-researched that they succeed in bringing to life many aspects of the expedition.  They are also beautifully drawn and give us a picture of how difficult everything was; from the unloading of equipment to the hauling of their gear, first by horse and then by the men themselves.  The illustrations also show the inadequacy of the clothing which really looked as though it couldn’t provide much protection against the severity and extremes of Antarctic weather.  
This is an extremely informative book, bringing to life through its realistic and well-researched illustrations the severity of the conditions encountered by Scott and his men.  It makes an informative and interesting introduction to Captain Scott’s tragic story.   (9 – 14 years) KS

How to Make a Universe with 92 Ingredients: An Electrifying Guide to the Elements by Adrian Dingle pb 9781407116747  $19.99
I did only the most basic chemistry at school and so have little knowledge, so I was surprised when I found myself reading sections of this book with increasing interest.  It is not an easy subject as there are so many elements  - 92 in fact. These are displayed very early in the book in the Periodic Table.  This is complicated enough in itself, but the book does try to explain how and why the elements are grouped as they are, and the graphics are good.  The graphics are brightly coloured, well set out and not too messy, so they succeed in making the descriptions clearer rather than making them more confusing as can happen in some books.   As the title indicates, there are just 92 elements in the Universe, and so this book has sections on Space, Earth and Nature, Daily Life, Materials and Cool Machines.   The book is complicated but is presented in an engaging way by someone who seems genuinely enthusiastic about chemistry and the elements and maybe will pass this on to students.  Contains an Index and a Glossary (called Cool Words).  (11 – 16 years) KS

Really Really Big Questions about Faith  by Dr Julian Baggini illustrated by Nishant Choksi  hardback 9780753431511  $24.99  
What is faith and does God Exist and if so what does he or she look like?  Can faith heal people and do I have a soul?  These are big questions and Dr Julian Baggini discusses them using fairly simple terms, although the concepts are often very difficult.  The book takes a philosophical approach in encouraging children to make up their own minds about particular questions after showing that there are a number of different ways of looking at the question.  A certain amount of factual information about the main religions of the world is given, but the emphasis is on getting children to think for themselves about these big ideas.   Amusing but not overly intrusive illustrations by Nishant Choksi add to the appeal of the book.  There are also a number of quirky or funny quotes such as this one from Mahatma Gandhi 
“Men say I am a saint losing myself in politics.  The fact is that I am a politician trying my hardest to become a saint.”   It would be a helpful guide for teachers wanting to discuss religions of the world and the accompanying big ideas about faith.  (10 – 15 years) KS

The following titles follow a similar format.
Really Really Big Questions About Space and Time by Mark Brake  hardback 9780753430194  $24.99 pb  9780753434079  $14.99 due May

And Really Really Big Questions about the Universe and everything by Stephen Law hardback 9780753417812  $24.99  pb 9780753431078  $14.99 due May


Let’s Celebrate: Festival Poems From Around the World  edited by Debjani Chatterjee & Brian D’Arcy  illustrated by Shirin Adl hardback 9781847800879  $29.95
The authors have chosen 31 poems celebrating a variety of festivals from Divali, to Christmas, to the Cherry Blossom Festival, to Eid, to Pancake Day and even an Ice Festival.  Lively, brightly-coloured illustrations show some of the festivities and also add to the attractiveness of this very useful book.  A short description at the end of the book provides background information about each festival.  The poems are lively and will initiate much discussion as students describe which festivals their own families celebrate.  (7 – 11 years) KS


Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick 9780545027892 hardback $34.99
Wonderstruck is not a graphic novel, nor is it illustrated fiction; it is a novel in words and pictures. There are two independent stories, set fifty years apart, about two young people who are so frustrated and unhappy that they courageously step forth into the world to find the missing parts of themselves. Ben’s story, told in text, is set in 1977.  Rose’s story starts off in 1927, and is told entirely through black-and-white pencil drawings, a device that beautifully reflects both the era and the fact that Rose cannot hear. We weave back and forth between their stories, which ultimately collide in an unexpected and satisfying way. Selznick deservedly won the 2008 Caldecott Medal (for children’s book illustration) for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, set in 1930s Paris. 9780439813785 hardback $29.99. (This has been made into a movie called Hugo, which has had excellent reviews).
The device of interwoven text and illustration in both these novels is incredibly compelling and I found myself torn between lingering over the illustrations and wanting to devour the book in one hungry sitting. MC

Picture Books

Show Day by Penny Matthews & Andrew Mclean  hardback  9781862916890  $26.99
Penny Matthews grew up on a farm in South Australia and this book evokes her happy memories of that time when the whole family prepared for the Show.  Show Day is a very special day for Mum, Dad, Lil and Henry, for they hope to win lots of prizes for the Biggest Pumpkin, the Best Cake as well as the Best Poultry with their grumpy rooster Albert, and there is also Lil’s own very special cow, Goldie, who is entered in several competitions including the Most Unusual Pet.  McLean’s illustrations are a delight, showing all the friendliness and excitement of a country Show.   (3 – 6 years) KS
Penny Matthews also wrote A Year on Our Farm pb 9781862914926  $15.99 which is a vibrant account of a year on an Australian farm.   The text is simple but the illustrations add complex detail as we see the children helping their parents in the many farm activities.   The book is a celebration of the seasons on an Australian farm in the country, not in the harsh outback but a softer Australian countryside.

I’ve Got a Feeling by Stephanie Owen Reeder pb  9780642276971  $17.95
An entertaining and interactive lift-the-flap book about emotions.   Engaging verses, colourful illustrations and pertinent questions encourage young children to think about how they feel.  Activities at the back of the book explore emotions through art and imaginative play. This is an excellent picture book for preschoolers who are still learning how to control their own emotions and to empathise with how others are feeling. (3 – 6 years) (PYP) KS

Ten Blue Wrens and What a Lot of Wattle!  by Elizabeth Honey  hardback  9781742377872  $24.99
This lively counting book has a distinctively Australian flavour.  The images chosen constantly surprise and will prompt much discussion about aspects of life in Australia.  For example, number One is depicted by “One little nipper dipping in the pools.”   In the illustration there is a crab in a pool and also a young boy wearing the cap and top of a young lifesaver (called Nippers in Australia).  Number three shows “Three clever artists painting with dots Lots and lots and lots” and the illustration is of three Indigenous artists painting in the distinctive desert dot style.  Elizabeth Honey’s use of words has a rhythm and a sense of fun, as in her exuberant and innovative expression “Trillions and brillions and thrillions of stars!”  This is used to describe the final illustration in the book showing starry fireworks which sparkle over Sydney Harbour Bridge every New Year’s Eve.  A very enjoyable counting book involving a lot of counting and discussion!  (3 – 6 years) KS

Mind your Gramma!  by Yvonne Morrison illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson  hardback    9781775430414  $15.99  
This is a charming and amusing book about a grandmother who keeps trying to correct her granddaughter’s grammar and how this leads to various misunderstandings.  There is one conversation but two meanings.  The charming expressive illustrations help to make the situations even more amusing.  It is surprising that this book works so well since it would not be an easy book to write.   
(4 – 6 years) KS

The Red Poppy by David Hill. iIllustrated by Fifi Colston, Song by Rob Kennedy  hardback + CD) 9781869439989  $26.99
It is not easy to portray convincingly the humanity of the ordinary soldier during a battle, but this picture book succeeds, while also showing the horrors of trench warfare during World War 1.  Jim is a young soldier who, with his mates and a messenger dog called Nipper, takes part in a dawn attack across no-man’s land.  As they move forward, they are under intense shelling and Jim is wounded. He manages to fall into a shell crater where, to his dismay, he discovers an enemy soldier who is also wounded.  Once it becomes clear that neither soldier wishes to kill the other, they instead help each other to survive.  Each is an ordinary soldier with family back home.  The text is simply but movingly written and the evocative illustrations are beautifully drawn.  (8 – 12 years) KS      

Do Not Forget Australia by Sally Murphy illustrated by Sonia Kretschmar hardback 9781921529863  $29.95
The special relationship between the people of the village of Villers-Bretonneux and Australia has received considerable publicity over the past few years.  This explains in picture book format how that relationship came about.  It is told through the fictional stories of two young boys, Henri in Villers-Bretonneux and Billy in Australia.  The link in the story is provided by Billy’s father, who is fighting in France and takes part in the battle to free the village from German control.  However, the village was almost destroyed in the fighting.  After the war, many children in Victoria took part in fund-raising to raise money to help rebuild the destroyed school in Villers-Bretonneux.  As well as the stories of the two children describing their own different lives during this period, Sally Murphy has also included additional background information.  The illustrations clearly show the contrasts in the lives of the two boys and the devastation caused by the warfare.  (6 – 11 years) KS

Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp retold by Philip Pullman illustrated by Ian Beck hardback 9781407120546  $24.99
Philip Pullman said he relished the opportunity to give his own telling of this well-known traditional tale.  He wanted to keep true to the shape and feeling of the original, while wanting to add something new.   This is a lively and vivid retelling.  Even when reading the story quickly, I could hear the words as though it was being read aloud.   Pullman has emphasised the humour of the story, as well as its exoticism and its magic and excitement.  The illustrations are a delight and are strongly reminiscent of Jan Pienkowski’s work where black and white cut-outs are silhouetted against colourful backgrounds.   All in all, a beautiful book; an illustrated longer story rather than a picture book.   (5 – 12 years)   KS

My Place DVD

We are very pleased that there is now a second DVD available for the television series of My Place. Many teachers and librarians will know of the book My Place by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins.  It is an exceptional book and has been used by many teachers in Australian schools, as well as many overseas schools, as an inspiration for projects especially about changes to the local environment or on immigration.   

In 2010, a DVD with 13 episodes from 2008 and to 1888 was produced.   The second DVD covers the earlier period 1888 back to the time of the Indigenous peoples, before European settlement.

The very helpful accompanying Teachers’ Guide has been expanded to now cover Series 1 & 2.  

For those schools which have already purchased Series 1, they are able to purchase just series 2 with the new accompanying Teachers guide for AUD 135.00.  Alternatively Series 1 & 2 can be purchased together with the teacher’s Guide for AUD 175.00

1.  My Place DVD Series 2 (13 episodes on 4 discs) + Teachers Guide Version 2 (covers Series 1 & 2)      Cost  AUD 135.00   

2.  My Place DVDs Series 1 & 2.  (26 episodes on 8 discs) + Teachers Guide 2 (covers Series 1 & 2)       Cost AUD 175.00
 The first television series has 13 episodes from 2008 and to 1888 and the two links through all these episodes are the two-storey terrace house in which all the children live and which was built by the father of the girl Victoria back in 1888, and also the very large fig tree which is a refuge for all the children.  The last decade in the book was 1988 whereas the television series includes two additional stories to take it up to 2008.  The last story is told by Laura, an Aboriginal girl.  The two other stories are by Mohammed, a boy with Lebanese background who loves cricket, and two Vietnamese-Australian girls, Lily and Phuong.  

The second series has just won the best Children’s Television series for 2011 of the AACTA Awards.  It adapts the final chapters of the book into thirteen episodes about 13 children who still live in the same area, around the special fig tree.  We are also introduced to a number of additional characters. In 1778, we meet Waruwi, an Indigenous girl who encounters a cow for the first time, and Dan, a cabin boy on the First Fleet who tries to compensate Waruwi for her stolen dog.

The stories build on the descriptions told within the stories in the book but are longer and obviously much more dramatic.  It is interesting to see how more information is often provided about the families and we can see the difference in the streets and the land around the fig tree, but in other ways the book provides more information, especially with regard to the map where we can see so many changes to the land.  The stories told by the children give us a glimpse into their lives and of their families at that particular time and capture the sense of place.  There are many adventures but the stories also give dramatic presentation of so many topics such as bullying, relationships, war and conflict, multiculturalism, stereotypes, identity, historical perspectives, growth and development, belonging and symbolism.  The series is very well acted and produced and is meticulous in its historical accuracy.  Children will enjoy watching the episodes and teachers will be appreciative of the fact that the series can be used in so many ways for discussion and work in the classroom.       

The Teachers Guide contains interviews with the author Nadia Wheatley and also the producer of the television series, information about the making of the series, a Timeline highlighting particular events and people, as well as Teaching Activities, a Photo Gallery and information on each of the episodes.  
(8 – 14 years) KS

The book is also available:

My Place  by Nadia Wheatley illus by Donna Rawlins hardback 9781921150708  $29.95 pb 9781921150654 $19.95  This new edition, published in 2008, has a timeline of important events up to 2008. By moving backwards in decades from 1989, this sophisticated picture book shows how a particular neighbourhood in Sydney has changed from an urban street to the first white settlement and, before that, to the time when the Aborigines lived there. The story is told through the eyes of the various children who lived there.  This is an innovative book which inspires students to work on similar projects wherever they are in the world.  (8 years up) KS

A book describing the making of the first television series has also been published: 
Making My Place: Behind the scenes of the television series by Nadia Wheatley  hardback  9780733327940  $29.99
This book describes how Nadia first came to write the book My Place and how it was set in an area where she had spent many years as a child.  Making My Place then describes the Producer’s story over the whole series and also the individual script writers for various segments.   The book also describes the jobs of the producer, director, costume designer, hair and make-up artists and also the various actors of the roles from 2008 right back in decades to 1888. KS 

For International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Librarians

I haven’t yet managed to get a copy to look at but I am sure that the book will be very comprehensive and extremely helpful since it is written by Anthony Tilke who has had so much experience teaching in overseas international school libraries.  This book will be of assistance to librarians in so many ways, both practical and theoretical, in their endeavours to support students undertaking the IBDP.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and the School Library:  Inquiry-Based Education  by Anthony Tilke  pb 9781598846416  $60.00 net
The book discusses the role of the library and how it can support students and other teachers in the International BDP.  It looks at the IBDP as a whole and what contributions the library can make to the programme.  As well as teaching in IBDP Libraries for many years, Anthony Tilke also undertook a two-year study of students and teachers participating in the programme and this study formed the basis for his PhD.  The book is extremely comprehensive and some of the features which look most helpful are sections on the IB Learner Profile and Academic Honesty, the Extended Essay, and Theory of Knowledge resources.  Each chapter concludes with a series of points or strategies for the librarian for reflection or action.  An invaluable resource for IBDP Librarians. KS

Kate Shepherd and Mandy Clarke

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