No 21, January 2003
Very best wishes for the New Year!
thanks so much for your support during the year. It seems so obvious that
it hardly seems worth while saying but without the orders that you send
direct to Austral Ed, I wouldnt be able to send out this newsletter
or make up the lists of recommendations. I am glad so many of you find
them helpful and continue to support Austral Ed as you change schools
and work on so many different continents.
We have now been in our new house in the Adelaide hills for just over
12 months and have been able to enjoy a full four seasons. Not all places
in Australia have four seasons but here we do, with a hot dry summer,
a mild autumn with autumn colours, a winter that can be wet, windy and
sometimes foggy and a bright lively spring. In fact the warmth and colours
of spring were so lovely that we looked with dismay at the minus temperatures
of Berlin in November and headed reluctantly to the airport. Once we got
off the plane of course we really enjoyed visiting Munich and Berlin,
fascinating cities and very different. We were able to visit quite a few
schools, always enjoyable and interesting and the visits give me ideas
for the needs of various schools. Thanks for your hospitality. The ECIS
Conference in Berlin was excellent and it was great to catch up with so
many of you there.
There are so many Conferences coming up in February and March that it
will be impossible to get to them all. The IB Librarians Conference
for Asia and South Pacific which was to be held in Bali in October 2002
but was cancelled because of the horrific bombing will now be held in
Beijing from 7th - 9th March. We are looking forward to it and to visiting
schools in Beijing. Our first visit there. However it is a shame that
we wont be able to go to Amsterdam for the ECIS Early Childhood
Conference which is being held at the same time.
We shall also definitely be at the EARCOS Conference in Bangkok from March
27 - 29 and shall put on a display. We also would love to go to TARA in
Bahrain from Feb 26th - 28th and NESA in Istanbul from 20 - 23 March but
we shall see what the world situation looks like in a few weeks. At any
rate I am looking forward to seeing many of you over the next few months.
Firstly though there is a celebration! Our eldest son Nathan is getting
married in Sydney at the end of January. It will be a wonderful event
and we shall all be in Sydney to help celebrate.
And for those of you who enjoyed Crossover written by my younger
son Joel, the sequel Breakaway has just been published. There is
more fast paced action and political intrigue as Cassandra Kresnov is
now part of the Special Forces in Tanusha. As an android, she has highly
specialised skills but she also has her own problems in working out how
to fit in with the highly complex and at times chaotic society on Tanusha.
As was stated in the review of Crossover in the Contra-Costra Times,
San Francisco, this is a rich world and its good
to know that somewhere
androids are still dreaming of electric sheep, and authors wonder what
it means to be human. Joel is working hard at the moment on the
third Cassandra Kresnov novel which is due to be published later in the
year. And Crossover will be published later in the year in Russian.
The first foreign translation!
Joel Shepherd Breakaway pb $ 18.95
Crossover pb $ 17.95
There has been so much interest in the Solos, Aussie Nibbles and
Aussie Bites, all excellent books for beginner readers, that I
am including an updated list of these titles with this newsletter.
A subscription form for Magpies and Literature Base has
also been included. Magpies is an excellent childrens literature
journal published in Australia. It contains reviews with an emphasis on
books from Australia, but there are also reviews on books from elsewhere
especially the UK and the US. The journal also contains regular author
profiles. Again there is an emphasis on authors from Australia but authors
from elsewhere are also included and there are other more general articles
of interest. Magpies probably has the widest range of book reviews
of any reviewing journal that I know and therefore is especially useful
for International Schools. In addition a supplement contains author profiles
and reviews of books from New Zealand. Literature Base contains
a wide range of practical ideas for using literature in the classroom.
Again books from Australia and elsewhere are featured. This is one of
the benefits of being a small country - we have never been restricted
just to books from Australia.
Its a shame that I will be missing the Early Childhood Conference
in Amsterdam as I was looking forward to giving a presentation on Australian
childrens picture books. There are so many excellent ones and many
of them have an exuberance which is especially directed at children (and
not the parents or grandparents who might buying the books) and that I
think is a very good thing. At the same time the books are often understated
and are not sentimental (something I know that Australians find a bit
too frequently for our liking in some books from the US.)
Picture Books from Australia.
(Prices for all the following titles reviewed are in Australian dollars
and include GST of 10% which is not applicable to overseas schools. Orders
can be sent to Austral Ed by fax, email or post.)
Shutting the Chooks In by Libby Gleeson and Ann James hardback
Do you need some explanation of the word chooks? It is a lovely,
very commonly used, expressive word for hens or chickens. A young country
boy goes out to shut the chooks into their chookhouse for the night. He
rounds them up and feeds them but as he counts them, he discovers one
is missing. Dusk is falling as he goes back to the tractor shed to find
her, shuts her safely in and then makes a breathless dash through the
darkening shadows to the wamth and light of the house. The text is simple,
sparse but rhythmic. The illustrations in charcoal and oil pastels also
have a simplicity of outline which captures perfectly the vacant expression
of the chooks as well as their frantic flapping and squawking. There is
much to discuss in this book. Although it has a distinct Australian flavour
with its evening portrait of a working farm with half asleep sheepdogs,
there are also universal themes.
Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley
Jackie French lives on a farm in New South Wales where she has an amazing
garden and orchards. She shares this garden and its produce with a number
of wild creatures, of which her favourite is the wombat, a large barrel-shaped
burrowing marsupial. Wombats have fascinated her for years and some years
ago she wrote a charming short novel about A Wombat named Bosco
pb $9.95. (8 - 11 years) This book is an even more intimate account as
it is a diary, of a wombat called Mothball. Here is the entry of the first
Evening: Ate grass. Scratched.
Night: Ate grass. Slept.
(This text is accompanied by charming illustrations of a sleepy, barrel
Tuesday is similar except that she decides that grass is boring and a
scratch is good but that it is hard to scratch the itchy bits. On Wednesday
she fights a battle with a flat hairy creature that was invading her territory
(the doormat). She won the battle and demanded a carrot. It was delicious.
She demanded more but humans are slow and not very bright and so she had
to chew a hole in the door before more carrots appeared. And so on ....
This is a very funny book, full of irony and whimsical humour. Bruce Whatleys
illustrations of this hefty, very determined but endearing wombat are
also a delight. The text is very simple but because of the layers of irony
children would perhaps need to be about five years old before they could
really appreciate the humour. Delightful! I am sure that young children
will be inspired to make up their own diaries of animals or creatures
that they know and love.
Clancy of the Overflow by A B Paterson illustrated by Kilmeny Niland
Banjo Paterson is one of Australias best loved poets.
In the early 1900s, many people could quote his poems by heart. His was
a somewhat romantic view of the outback. In Clancy of the Overflow
an accountant compares his confined tedious life in his dingy city
office with Clancys roaming life as a drover. (Drovers used to drive
large mobs of cattle over huge distances cross country to markets). The
accountant longs for the wide open countryside and for the beauty of the
sunlit plain and the stars at night but in reality the life of a drover
was harsh and often lonely. Nilands illustrations emphasise the
humour in the poem and make it more understandable for young children.
The cattle are soft and rounded, as are the Australian bush creatures
and even the people. (7 - 11 years)
Jethro Byrde Fairy Child by Bob Graham hardback $27.95
I dont know how Bob Graham manages to maintain such a high standard
in his picture books. Or maybe it is just that his sense of humour really
appeals to me. His books have such a wonderful whimsical quality. Here
the title page contains a large double page spread of a busy city, streets,
cars, apartment blocks. At the back of an apartment block, by a fence
and next to a large service station, it is just possible to see a few
small figures. This is Annabelle and her family enjoying a bit of sun
and a picnic in this rather desolate landscape of bare ground and weeds.
Annabelle searches every day for fairies although her dad says that there
is little chance to find fairies in weeds and cement. However one day
next to an empty can and a bottle top she comes face to face with Jethro
Byrde, a Fairy child and his family. She brings them back for a picnic
lunch with her family but her father cant see them. Her mother is
very happy to bring them special fairy cakes and tea in tiny cups but
looks right through them. Bob Graham succeeds again in bringing a touch
of the magic and fantasy of a childs world to the most mundane of
family outings. His is a subtle understated sense of humour which I find
What a wealth of information about the culture and stories of Indonesia
is obtained through this series of fifteen beautifully illustrated picture
books on Indonesia. Murti Bunanta has been the inspiration behind this
exciting bilingual series of traditional Indonesian stories, told and
illustrated by Indonesian story tellers and illustrators. Another twelve
titles have now been added to the original three, giving a wonderfully
varied collection of traditional Indonesian stories, told in Bahasa and
in English, from very different regions of the Indonesian archipelago.
All were published by Murti Bunanta in Indonesia. The first three titles
in the series were:
The Youngest Frog illus by Denny A Djoenid hb $27.95 Retold by
Murti Bunanta, the hero, the youngest of seven sons and born as a frog,
shows great ingenuity and acquires great riches and finally marries a
princess. From Kei Archipelago.
Also Onion and Garlic retold by Made Taro illus by I Ketut Nama
hb $27.95 A beautifully illustrated story in the traditional Balinese
style, of two sisters, of whom one is lazy and spiteful and the other
does all the work but gets no recognition from her parents.
Also Golden Cucumber written and illustrated by Suyadi hb $27.95
Suyadis cartoon style in this story from Java shows influence from
the west and from Indonesia.
The next twelve titles are:
Joko Kendil, the Rice Pot by Suyadi hb $27.95 This is a variation
of the story of the frog prince story but in this Javanese folktale the
boy is a mischievous rice pot.
Made and his Four Best Friends told and illustrated by Suyadi hb
$27.95. A charming story from Bali about a lazy and thoughtless boy who
is kind to animals and is rewarded.
Princess Jasmine retold by Murti Bunanta, illustrated by Hardiyono
hb $27.95 A folktale from North Sumatra about a beautiful tiny girl destined
to marry a tiny prince.
Senggutur retold by Murti Bunanta, illustrated by Denny A Djoenaid
hb $27.95 A story from Java about a confrontation between a brave young
girl as big as a thumb and a fierce giant.
Si Molek retold by Murti Bunanta, illustrated by G M Sudarta hb
$27.95 A story from Riau of a girl who out of obedience to her parents
marries a fish who later turns out to be a handsome young man.
Suwidak Loro retold by Murti Bunanta, illustrated by G M Sudarta
hb $27.95 A Javanese story about an ugly daughter who had only sixty two
hairs on her head but was still loved very much by her mother.
The Eclipse retold and illustrated by Suyadi hb $27.95 This lively
story from East Java explains why people make a loud noise beating rice
mortars with pestles during an eclipse of the sun or the moon.
The Legend of the Banyan Tree retold by Murti Bunanta, illustrated
by Hardiyono hb $27.95. This moving legend from Java has stunning black
and white illustrations.
The Mouse Deer, Kancil and the King of the Jungle retold by Suyadi,
illustrated by Denny A Djoenaid hb $27.95 A Javanese story in which Kancil,
the clever mouse deer outwits the fierce tiger.
The Mouse Deer and the Turtle retold by Murti Bunanta Illustrated
by Denny A Djoenaid hb $27.95 Another story, this time from West Kalimantan,
about clever Kancil, the mouse deer.
The Yellow Eggplant retold by Putu Oka Sukanta and illustrated
by I Ketut Nama hb $27.95 A beautifully illustrated story in the Balinese
style of a wicked father who repents his terrible deeds.
Tiny Boy by Murti Bunanta, illustrated by Hardiyono hb $27.95 This
story about a very small but brave and clever hero is from South Sulawesi.
The story is also a variation of the story of Hansel and Gretel.
Topitu, The Angel from Heaven. Retold by Hardjana HP, illustrated
by R Saptanugraha hb $27.95 A story from central Sulawesi about one of
seven angel maidens who meets and falls in love with a human.
for Beginner Readers
Two new Aussie Nibbles that I especially like are:
The Gorilla Suit by Victor Kelleher illustrated by Stephen Michael
King pb $9.95
Victor Kelleher normally writes futuristic or fantasy books for young
adults but he obviously had great fun writing this story about Tom who
is given a gorilla suit for his birthday. Tom loves the suit and enjoys
acting like a young gorilla so much that when he goes to the zoo he insists
on wearing it. He falls into the gorilla enclosure where he is greeted
affectionately by the gorillas. Tom is retrieved by the keeper and is
taken home where he behaves in much the same way. In the morning he refuses
to take off his gorilla suit and puts his school unform on top. He is
a great success at school but when his parents have finally had enough
of him behaving like a gorilla and they search for the zip to take off
the gorilla suit - there is no zip. They set off for the zoo to return
the gorilla and to fetch Tom who was perfectly happy with the gorillas
and none too happy to be rescued. This is a very funny story that works
perfectly. Kids will love it and it would also be great to read aloud.
No Cat - and Thats That! by Bruce Dawe illustrated by Andrew
McLean pb $9.95
Bruce Dawe usually writes poetry for young adults but has succeeded in
writing a most appealing story for young readers about a girl called Sam
who desperately wants a cat but since the family has a dog already the
answer is a definite no! One night when it is raining she hears a kitten
mewing ... It is perhaps a predictable story but it is the way that it
is told that determines whether the story works and this one definitely
does. It has a surprise twist at the end and is told with humour and warmth
with very appealing illustrations by Andrew McLean.
Some librarians have said that the Solos have now become even more
popular than the Bites and Nibbles. They are written even
more simply, the very earliest chapter books possible. They are usually
humourous, child oriented in story and format and are written by established
Toto and the Turkey (Solo) by Kate Darling Illustrated by
Janine Dawson pb $9.95
Toto is a little girl who is smaller than the pet family turkey. Toto
is frightened of the turkey and very resentful of the fact that the turkey
is in her backyard. This is the story of a funny confrontation between
Make Me the Flowergirl (Solo) by Pamela Freeman Illustrated
by Jill Carpenter pb $9.95
Megan has wanted to be a flowergirl since she was four years old, but
because of her habit of tripping and breaking things it wasnt till
she was six years old that she finally gets her chance. And everything
is a great success.
Jacks Owl (Solo) by Penny Matthews Illustrated by
Stephen Michael King pb $ 9.95
This is a story about a magical owl with glowing eyes. The owl comes home
with Jack and is happy to eat sausage for a while. Jack doesnt want
to lose his friend but when he sees the owls eyes are becoming dull,
Jack knows he must let the owl go back to the forest.
The Cabbage Patch Pong by Paul Jennings Illustrated by Craig Smith
This is not an Aussie Bite, Nibble or Solo, it is a very funny
sequel to the enormously popular The Cabbage Patch Fib (pb $12.95).
In that story Chris had to look after just one green cabbage patch baby
but in this story there are fifty green babies and two cows, Petal and
Rosebud. The Cabbage Patch stories are for younger children than the very
well known Un stories also written by Paul Jennings. The second
title in the series is The Cabbage Patch War (pb $12.95).
Rain May and Captain Daniel by Catherine Bateson pb $14.95
This was such an enjoyable story that I read it twice - and there just
isnt enough time to do that very often. Rain is the narrator for
most of the story, describing how she and her mother leave the city to
start a new life in the country, after her mother and father have separated.
There she meets Daniel, an unusually intelligent, chess-loving boy, about
the same age, whose mother is very protective of him and who has a rough
time at school because of the kids there who have no comprehension of
his way of thinking or interests. Daniels chapters are written in
the form of a Star Trek journal and are highly entertaining. Further contrast
in writing styles is provided by fridge poems written by Rain and her
mother as a way of talking about things to each other that are hard to
say aloud. Rain and Daniel are about eleven years old and are very believable
characters. They start up a friendship which is maintained even in the
face of ridicule from some of Rains new friends at school. Catherine
Bateson is a poet and her abilities are evident in her sparkling use of
language. There are many very amusing situations in this story of an unusual
friendship. (9 - 13 years)
Parvanas Journey by Deborah Ellis pb $15.95
This is the sequel to Parvana (pb $14.95) which I reviewed in February.
Parvana was an eleven year old girl when the Taliban took power in Kabul.
In order to try and get food for the family she had to disguise herself
as a boy. This book continues the story of her familys struggle
to survive. She and her father set out travelling north to find the rest
of the family and when he dies, she continues on alone, still disguised
as a boy. She continually fights exhaustion and hunger and danger from
mines and bombs as tries to keep herself and two other children alive.
When they finally reach a Camp for Internally Displaced Refugees, conditions
in some ways are worse not better as the people there have become so dispirited
by the endless waiting in queues for a little bread and water and because
of the cold and sickness. Deborah Ellis spent some time interviewing women
and children at refugee camps in Afghanistan and so writes convincingly
of what she was told. This is a confronting account told in the Parvanas
words of a childs view of the horror of a country at war. (10 -
My Forbidden Face Growing Up Under the Taliban: A Young Womans
Story by Latifa pb $19.95
This is the true story of Latifa who was born in 1980 into an educated
middle class family in Kabul. She was sixteen years old when the Taliban
seized power. She was studying to be a journalist and had enjoyed going
to the cinema and going out with friends when suddenly with her mother
and elder sister, she became a prisoner in her own home. Her school was
closed and her mother was banned from practising as a gynaecologist. This
is a vivid and detailed portrait of the days that followed the Talibans
seizure of power and the desperate circumstances for many Afghanis, especially
the women. Although written from a personal point of view, the book is
also very helpful in giving some understanding of the complex situation
in Afghanistan as it does describe some of the political background, but
always within a personal context. Latifa becomes very depressed and sick
because of her enforced confinement, but when she, her sister and a friend
set up a clandestine school for children they shake off their feeling
of utter uselessnes. She is finally invited to speak about the plight
of Afghani women in Paris and is smuggled out of the country at great
risk. Excellent. (12 years up)
The Girl from the Sea by James Aldridge pb $16.95
This is an entrancing story. Set in the fifties on the coast of Provence
between Nice and Monaco, it captures the beauty of a summer spent there
by the shimmering sea. It also captures something of the toughness and
eccentricity of its people and of its history of fishing and smuggling
as well as a sense of the colloquialism of the Provencal dialect and of
the wonderful Provencal food. However it is Lelee who is the girl from
the sea and the one who captivates us. She swims and dives as though she
belongs to the sea and is totally in command of every situation except
for her one vulnerability - her inability to read and write. She is just
thirteen, the same age as Beau who comes to Provence to stay with his
Aunt Mimi in an attempt to recover from a shocking accident that left
him half crippled and half blind. The story is told from Beaus viewpoint.
His sister Fanny is just eight years old and the description of how these
three children get to know each other and become so attached to each other
makes for an absorbing story. (12 years up)
The Full Story by Brian Caswell and David Chiem pb $18.95
This is a companion story to Only the Heart (pb $17.95) which was
also written as a collaboration between Brian Caswell, well known children
and young adult author, and David Chiem, a Vietnamese Australian. It is
a complex beautifully constructed story which describes the intense relationship
between Libby and Anh (or Andy as Libby calls him), a Vietnamese Australian.
It is a love story but it is also very much about the devastating separateness
that grows between Anh and his father, as his father takes to drink to
drown his anguish about everything that he lost tragically in Vietnam
and as his son tries to work out his own way of life in Australia. The
story is vividly and movingly described at times by Libby, at times by
a narrator and through flashbacks to Vietnam as the authors endeavour
to portray something of the full story of the complexity of relationships
and of the experiences of this immigrant community. (14 years up)
Nonfiction with an International Theme
At the display at the ECIS Conference in Berlin, our stand was right
next to the IB Organisation display. I really enjoyed the chats I had
with a number of IB exhibitors about books whenever there was a brief
moment of quiet. There was lots of enthusiasm for some of the titles such
as Scripts of the World by Suzanne Bukiet (hardback $46.95), Houses
from Many Lands by John Nicholson (pb $15.95) and Picture the World:
Childrens Art around the Globe by Tracy Spates (hardback $49.95)
which are all listed on the list of recommended Books with an International
(See the website www.australed.iinet.net.au)
Here are some more titles which I am sure would also be enjoyed. I shall
add them to the list as soon as I have time!
Kids Around the World Play! by Arlette N Braman illustrated by
Michele Nidenoff pb $24.95
This is an excellent array of games from round the world clearly described
and illustrated so that children can make their own and then play them.
The games are divided into those that Tease Your Brain, Games of Chance,
Board games, Toys and also Games of skill. They include word games from
Russia, games of chance from India, China and Italy and Board games from
Kenya, Germany and Ancient Egypt. It also contains some interesting additional
information about games. I hadnt realised that the first crossword
puzzle was invented only in 1913. There is also information on the history
and culture of each country. (8 - 12 years)
Life Be In It Book of World Games pb $29.95
This has an even larger and more varied selection of games from round
the world. The descriptions are a little shorter and instructions for
making or playing the games perhaps less detailed and so the book is suitable
for an older age range. There is an amazing range of games from round
the world. (9 years up)
A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World hardback $39.95
This book has been published in association with UNICEF. The Convention
on the Rights of the Child sets out the basic needs of all children and
this book explores how these needs are met in countries throughout the
world. The book is divided into sections on Survival, Development, Protection
and Participation. After a brief general description of these needs, photographs
and short text give examples of the lives of children in various parts
of the world. As an example, in the section on Survival, the importance
of water is discussed followed by a brief description of how three children
from India, Afghanistan and Jamaica each have to collect all the water
they use in buckets and carry it home. There are similar brief discussions
on food, home and health with photographs of children from many countries.
There are also major sections on Education, Play, Love and Care and Work.
This is a very appealing book with excellent photographs of children round
the world showing the diversity of their lives. It provides a good introduction
to some very complex questions. (8 - 12 years.)
Art Around the World series hardback $33.95 each
Art Around the World at the Time of Michelangelo (The Renaissance
Art Around the World at the Time of Renoir (The Impressionist Era)
Art Around the World at the Time of Picasso (The Foundations of
Art Around the World at the Time of Warhol (The Development of
The concept of showing what was going on in art around the world at a
given period of time is an excellent one. In practice the emphasis is
very much on European art and the descriptions of what is happening in
art in other countries around the world are very short. Still it is a
good introduction and students can then go on to do their own further
research. The sections on European artists from both the Renaissance and
the Impressionist periods are excellent. Beautifully presented with many
colour plates of paintings from the period, the text is clear, interesting
and very informative and includes details of social and technological
changes which contributed to some of the striking developments in art
at those times. I hadnt realised that such a simple but important
technical change as the availability of small readymade tubes of oil paint
made it much easier for artists to paint en plein air during
the Impressionist period. Fascinating. (11 years up)
Young Writers Guide 2nd edition by Rodney Martin pb $24.75
Never having consulted a writers guide before and with memories of grammar
at school which are not happy ones, I picked up this Writers Guide reluctantly
and to my surprise found myself browsing through the entire book. It is
fascinating. As the book explains, it is not at all a grammar textbook.
It explains and gives examples of English language in use and techniques
for writing. The setting out is very simple and makes for easy browsing.
I guess the main attractions for me were the examples of usage. Many were
very funny and others just extremely interesting. As an illustration of
writing style, the following sentences were given:
The child bit the dog.
The dog was bitten by the child.
CHILD BITES DOG!
I bit the dog, said the child.
By the child in a fit, the doggy was bit.
The youngster bit the pooch.
The kid sank her teeth into the mutt.
Great for beginning a discussion of writing styles! There is also a section
of word histories which again I found fascinating. Did you know that the
word shampoo comes from the Hindi word champo meaning to massage?
Biros are named after the original inventor, Laszlo Biro a Hungarian journalist
who was a journalist and wanted a pen with ink that dried quickly. Window
means eye of the wind and comes from the Viking vindr
(wind ) and auga (eye). A vindauga was a hole in the wall
which let air in. And by the way do you know why the word answer
is spelt with a silent letter w? The answer is in the book. This guide
is an excellent reference to help young writers think about the different
ways of structuring reports, recounts or arguments etc and it is also
full of information on writing conventions. It is also available as a
CD-ROM $59.40 For upper elementary and also middle school students.
Learning for the Future : Developing Information Services in Schools
2nd edition Australian School Library Association and the
Australian Library and Information Association pb $32.95
Not being a librarian, I dont normally review books such as these
as I dont know enough about librarianship to assess them. However
a number of librarians in European International Schools have told me
that this book has attracted considerable interest and discussion and
so I thought I could at least outline the contents of the book. Learning
for the Future focuses on the advancements in technology over recent
years. It contains chapters on Learners and Learning, Teaching and Teaching,
Resourcing the Curriculum, Facilitating Access to Information and Developing
the Physical Environment and has appendices on Policy Statements and Staffing.
It discusses the practice of effective learning and successful development
of information and communication technologies in both primary and secondary
schools. It looks like a very useful resource.
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