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The Book of Stone – Mark Greenwood/Coral Tulloch

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Walker Books Australia

November 2019

ISBN: 9781760650872
Imprint: Walker Books Australia
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99

Here’s another terrific book for sparking some scientific interest whether just because you are in ‘stay at home’ mode or because your reader has a curious mind and loves to investigate (or pick up those stones on their walks around the neighbourhood).

I have known many keen little geologists in my teaching career and in fact, The Kid was also one of these and assiduously added to her gemstone collection over a period of years. But many of them will not have given a great deal of thought to the significance of stones throughout history nor how powerful they can be in some cultures. So this might not only initiate that scientific inquiry but also a cultural exploration for readers.

Naturally the combination of this author and illustrator is outstanding and oh my! those absolutely sensational endpapers with detailed illustrations and notes on a variety of beautiful stones.

Together Mark and illustrator, Coral Tulloch, have created a book that allows them to share the theme of geological wonder, solitude, special memories and places through stone.

I know so many families will be spending as much time as they can out-of-doors whether in their own backyards or at close-at-hand parks and reserves and this will engender a sense of wonder at picking up those random stone treasures and trying to discover each one’s unique story.

Altogether a simply beautiful book full of richness and depth for readers from around 5 years upwards. If you have missed out on it thus far be sure to put it in your collection without delay.

Find some useful geology resources here.

 

All of Us [a history of SouthEast Asia] – Jackie French and Virginia Hooker. Illustrated by Mark Wilson

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Harper Collins

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October 2019

ISBN: 9781460750025

ISBN 10: 1460750020

Imprint: HarperCollins – AU

List Price: 29.99 AU

Is it a history book? Poetry? A work of art? Geographical work? Actually it’s pretty much all of these wrapped up in one stunning picture book.

The incomparable Jackie French teams up with Emeritus Professor Virginia Hooker, social historian, to take readers on a journey through history that dates back 200, 000, 000 years ago.

Richly illustrated by Mark Wilson we are treated to many fascinating aspects of our nearest neighbours with whom we are linked by ocean and monsoon. Traders, explorers, monuments, animals, landscapes, faiths and festivals, struggles and successes are all examined in double page spreads which each feature a time-line and a focus topic. Alternate pages also share some verse resonant with figurative language and lyric descriptions.

Timor-Leste, Java, Melaka, Philippines, Macassar, Bangkok and Hanoi are just some of the destinations to be explored each with the most pertinent of significant facts.

This is a book which will not only be a hugely welcome addition to classrooms (given the dearth of information pitched at student level) but thoroughly enjoyed by young readers for its sheer beauty and intriguing information.

It is sumptuous and truly a delight to the eye and mind – non-fiction has rarely looked better!

Highly recommended for readers from around 8 years upwards.

A teaching guide is available here.