Animal rights is a perennial topic studied in schools throughout Australia. Teacher Librarian Dajo Finlayson has prepared a reading list of novels that will provide a sound basis for developing awareness of this always current always relevant subject. Now available here.
Written by Kerry Brown, Illustrated by Lucia Masciullo Reviewed by Dajo Finlayson If you were walking through the woods and a hole you came upon, would you stop and take a look? Or simply carry on? One by one, several animals come upon a strange black hole in the middle of the woods and collectively … Continue reading The Hole
written by Erin Hunter reviewed by Lucy McGinley Prepare yourself for an emotional roller coaster as you are immersed into the world of wild animals. Bravelands: Broken Pride, will have you crouching in the savannah grasses like a lion cub, pounding your chest like a baboon and proudly striding like an elephant as you live … Continue reading Bravelands#1 Broken Pride
by Fu Wenzheng Ash Dresses her Friends is a classic picture book about a quiet but steadfast animal. Like Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, it has a striking cover in red, black and white, with decorative silhouettes of flowers. Where Ferdinand’s peers come to appreciate him for who he is, a pacifist bull, Ash’s peers come to … Continue reading Ash Dresses her Friends
written and illustrated by Alison Lester The Very Noisy Baby is a sweet early childhood picture book about a baby who mimics animals sounds. One by one people are drawn together in their quest to find their missing animal be it owl, horse, or cow. As each person knocks on the door of the little … Continue reading The Very Noisy Baby
by Lynley Dodd As an author honoured for her contribution to children’s literature, expectations for Dame Lynley Dodd’s long awaited next instalment were naturally high. Scarface Claw, Hold Tight! does not disappoint and Dodd delivers a fun lively tale that’s based on a true story. Scarface Claw is happily sunning himself on a car roof, … Continue reading Scarface Claw, Hold Tight!
written and illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith Particular Books/Penguin Australia 64 pp paperback $19.99 hardback $35.00 ISBN 978-1-846-14850-7 The Fox and the Star is an outstanding book, to be enjoyed by all ages and one to keep and treasure forever. It was first published in 2011 and I am reviewing it here now in case you … Continue reading The Fox and the Star