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Snow Ghost by Tony Mitton, illus. Diana Mayo. Pub. Bloomsbury, 2020.

December 5, 2020 Comments off

Snow Ghost in the image of a pretty young girl comes “shimmering out of the air searching for somewhere to settle…but where?’

The lights of the town do not hold much hope, nor does the dense tangled wood or the top of the hill with it’s chilly winds. Suddenly there is a farmer with two children playing in the snow. Is this the place? Check it out and see what happens.

Simple descriptive text, peacefully told and illustrations that make you as cold as the winter and as warm as the children in their play.

Harmony and belonging is what it is all about.

Ideal for the Christmas that is upon us, at least in the Northern hemisphere.

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Moonman by Ned Barraud

November 26, 2014 Comments off

moonmanMoonman by Ned Barraud. Pub. craigpotton publishers, 2014.

After reading this excellent picture book I thought ‘its a marvelous night for a moondance with the stars up above in the sky”. Why? because this is what Moonman sees as he lies in bed on the moon gazing at the blue planet in the distance.

He catches a passing star, as you do, and crash lands on earth, falling into a tree at the dead of night. He gazes back at his own crescent moon which lights the Earth to stunning effect.

The rising of a ball of fire over the sea burns Moonman and hurts his eyes so he retreats to a dark cave. When the ball of fire has gone he yearns to go back to his moon. As chance would have it another star is going his way so he hitches a ride with an owl to grab the star back home.

Back on the moon he sweeps up the moonbugs and lies back much more contented with his life.

We all need adventure and we all need to return to the place we have left and see it for the first time. This picture book encapsulates all of that.

Illustrations are excellent and mostly  in the moonlight with the stars all around. The rising sun is dramatic and happy for Earth but not for moonman. It is good to know your place.

Wide appeal from Juniors to Intermediate school.

Plenty: A place to call Home by Ananda Braxton-Smith.

October 22, 2014 Comments off

plentyPlenty: A place to call Home by Ananda Braxton-Smith. Pub. black dog books, 2014.

Set in Australia this novel is for primary/intermediate students and has some depth. It is about home, homesickness, homelessness and moving and the effects they have on peoples lives but told from a child’s perspective.

The World is full of people on the move. Some by choice and some because they have to. Maddy feels like she has to because her parents have decided it is what is best for them and Maddy too.

Maddy is happy in the city with her best friend Sophie-Rose. They are 10 years old and enjoying the routine of life where they are. Maddy is angry when she is told they are shifting to a town in the country called Plenty. She is determined to hate it and to stay mad at her parents until they go back. This is not going to happen.

At Plenty Maddy meets her grand mother who is showing signs of dementia, a reason why her parents chose to move. When Maddy goes to the small school of 7 girls and 5 boys she  befriends Grace Wek a tall black girl from Southern Sudan who was forced from her homeland by war. her memories of the journey to Australia are grim and her memories of home vague.

Maddy’s interaction with grandmother and Grace is to change her attitude and point of view.

A very sensitive story of a world wide situation.