Australia Remembers: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day & War Memorials, a review

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Title: Australia Remembers – Anzac Day, Remembrance Day & War Memorials
by: Allison Paterson
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
AND IN THE MORNING
WE WILL REMEMBER THEM.

Every year there are special days when we remember all those who have fought in the past to keep Australia free and those who still fight today to keep us safe. On 25 April — Anzac Day — and on 11 November — Remembrance Day — we stop to think about those people and how much they have done for us. Anzac Day reminds us that, as Australians, we are proud of the Anzac spirit which has helped shape our traditions, our culture, and who we are. On Remembrance Day we honour all those who gave up so much for their country, especially those who lost their lives.

Author, Allison Paterson, has written a comprehensive and notable book about Anzac Day, Remembrance Day & War Memorials. The pages are adorned equally with factual text and full colour, absorbing images and illustrations which emphasise information on the pages, focussing young minds on the content of the page, enhancing comprehension of the text, creating a deeper understanding and connecting the reader to the human participants of war.

Allison Paterson examines in detail the origins and traditions of Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, exploring historical events, enriching knowledge, and engaging the reader by adding extra information on pages called ‘Did you know?’ as well as utilizing an interactive reader section on pages where the reader is asked questions, sometimes which lead the reader on a task to locate related topics on a map, or even in their local area.

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Australia Remembers – Anzac Day, Remembrance Day & War Memorials has 12 chapters of essential knowledge that will lead to a better understanding of Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, as well as a brilliant world map showing where wars occurred, and their dates, plus activities such as ‘Make a Poppy’, ‘Make Anzac Biscuits’, ‘Create a Poppy Wreath’ and ‘Creating a War Memorial’. There’s also a glossary, index and bibliography.

I highly recommend Australia Remembers: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day & War Memorials. It’s a powerful, exceptional resource that will have a high engagement of interest from anyone who reads it, and is a wonderful acknowledgement of past and present Australian Defence Force servicemen and women. It is because of the members of the ADF, that Australia is a safe and prosperous country.

We will remember them. Lest we forget.

Australia Remembers: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day & War Memorials is the first volume in a series, with the next volume, Australia Remembers: Customs and Traditions of the Australian Defence Force, to be released in 2019.

Teacher notes: http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Australia-Remembers-by-Allison-Paterson-Teacher-Notes.pdf

Allison Paterson is also the author of Anzac Sons, and Anzac Sons: The Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars

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Title: Australia Remembers – Anzac Day, Remembrance Day & War Memorials
by: Allison Paterson
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925675771
Category: Australian Military History for children
Pages: 64

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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 off her cat, Claude Monet, with her terrible cello playing.

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Granny’s Place, book review

 

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Title: Granny’s Place
by: Allison Paterson
illustrated by: Shane McGrath
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

Granny and Pa’s farm was the best place in the world, brimming with treasures of the past and endless adventures to be had … but time brings change.

I have a confession. I never read the book blurb on the back cover. I like to read a story without pre-conceived ideas. The title ‘Granny’s Place’ had me dreaming of what visiting a grandmother at her home would be like, as I never had that privilege. As I read the story out loud, I joined in the lovely memories of the main character. But this story has an unexpected turn. I was sure it was going to be about all things wonderful at Granny’s and Pa’s place, and the magical yesteryear memories of uncomplicated times. Until Pa gets sick. Then the story takes a different path.

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Author, Allison Paterson, has captured the era of the grandparents well, with descriptive words of what the main character could see, feel and hear that made you feel like you are right there at Granny’s place too. The author’s words read with a calm fluency, impressing upon the reader that Granny’s place was filled with love, as well as the exciting adventures that come with farm life.

Illustrator, Shane McGrath, has nailed all the details of the grandparents’ era in his illustrations, from the style of the house on the farm and the interior design with all the knick-knacks, to the colour schemes used at the time. He then changes the colour scheme and architectural elements in the new house in keeping with the era when Granny moves from the farm to town, showing the stark contrast in ways of life.

Granny’s Place is a beautiful story showing three generations of family and the love that binds them. It is also a story about loss, dealt with in a caring and sensitive manner, reminding us of the preciousness of family and memories that live on.

Purchase a copy of Granny’s Place:
http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/Books/Children/Granny-s-Place-PB/1142/productview.aspx

Title: Granny’s Place
by: Allison Paterson
illustrated by: Shane McGrath
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
ISBN: 9781925275636
Category: children’s
Pages: 32

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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Shearing Time, book review

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Shearing Time
by: Allison Paterson
illustrated by: Shane McGrath
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

 

As the sun peeks over the horizon we are ready to start the working day all over again… I love shearing time!

 

Shearing Time, written by Allison Paterson, is full of energy from the first page turn to the last. It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of the shearing of the sheep, as told through the eyes of a girl who lives and breathes life on the farm, from the hard work to the fun parts to the yucky sheep droppings.

As children engage in this story, they will learn about the many jobs to be done at shearing time; like the mustering of the sheep and herding them to the shearing shed, the shearing team and the machines that make the shed rumble with the racket. But there is no time to rest. There’s the grading and baling of the wool where the young girl feels like she is floating on a cloud as she stomps the wool into the wool press. And of course is the clean up!

Illustrator, Shane McGrath, has created a real life sheep farm atmosphere on each page which captures the all the liveliness with detailed illustrations that convey the very essence of the story, making you feel like the farm is your home, too.

Another facet I enjoyed about Shearing Time, is the information page at the end of the story. It tells of when the first sheep arrived in Australia and lists some curious words and sayings used in shearing – ‘Ducks on the Pond’ made me laugh.

Children will enjoy this fast paced story about Australia’s sheep shearers, learning the process about our wool, from sheep to shop, acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our wool farmers and shearers.

Purchase a copy: http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/Books/Children/Shearing-Time-PB/1164/productview.aspx

Title: Shearing Time
Written by: Allison Paterson
Illustrated by: Shane McGrath
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing
Hardback
ISBN: 9781925520088
RRP $24.99

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Reviewed by Julieann Wallace
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