Picturebooks

AUSTRALIAN STORY by Tania McCartney

ISBN 978-0-642-27745-9; 297 x 210mm paperback; b&w and colour illus; $24.95 Category: Children's Non-Fiction Picture Book. Release date: April 2012

 

The day has arrived where I will be telling you all about Tania McCartney’s brand new book – Australian Story, an illustrated timeline.

Published by the National Library of Australia, Australian Story is an amazing accomplishment. I don’t know about you but when I try to get my head around the fact that the earth was created 180 million years ago – I get a case of the dizzies.

What I love about this timeline is the visual references that are attached to the ridiculously big numbers. It helps to ground you. The timeline is also a reminder that we, modern woman (and man) have only occupied this country for a spit. The indigenous Australians, in comparison,  have been around for 65,000 years. It really helps to put things in perspective.

When I received my copy of Australian Story I flipped straight to this page – can you guess why?

 

 

That’s right! Because that was the page that I came into the world – actually I’m surprised I’m not mentioned 🙂

Also in that year decimal currency is introduced to Australia, daily television news reports are received via satellite and a seven year battle for land title in the Northern Territory begins with the Gurindji Walk Off.

The timeline takes us from the year dot to 2010. The images, taken from the National Library of Australia’s digital collection are truly amazing.

Here’s another page that took my fancy. The year my first child was born. Twenty-six years later and Mabo recognises native title rights of Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders.

It really is fun to visit the pages of your birth or your children’s births and see what big things happened in those years. It makes you feel a little bit special to see how we all fit into the Australian story.

Well done to Tania and everyone involved in the creation of this truly awesome book. Children and adults alike will cherish their copies as I will mine.

To visit the National Library of Australia’s Bookshop – click the following image…

 

 

And to follow Tania’s blog tour you can visit the sites listed below.

 

Monday 5 March

 

Blog Tour Schedule and Book Giveaway

Kids Book Review

kids-bookreview.com

 

Book Launch Party Wrap-Up

Tania McCartney’s Blog

taniamccartney.blogspot.com

 

Book Giveaway

Alphabet Street

alphabetstreet.com.au

 

Tuesday 6 March

 

Book Review

Buzz Words

buzzwordsmagazine.blogspot.com

 

Australian Story Research Process

DeeScribe

deescribewriting.wordpress.com

 

Book Review and 10 Reasons Why History is Exciting

Soup Blog

soupblog.wordpress.com

 

Wednesday 7 March

 

Australian Story Teaching Notes for Key Stage I

Sheryl Gwyther’s Blog

sherylgwyther.wordpress.com
Book Review and Teaching Notes Ideas for Key Stage II

The Book Chook

thebookchook.com

 

Book Review

Kids’ Book Capers

content.boomerangbooks.com.au/kids-book-capers-blog

 

Image-Sourcing for Australian Story

Blue Dingo

bluedingo.ning.com

 

Thursday 8 March

 

Book Review

Reading Upside Down

readingupsidedown.com

 

Book Review

Pass It On

jackiehoskingpio.wordpress.com/school-magazine

 

Book Review

Bug in a Book

bugreviews.wordpress.com

 

Friday 9 March

 

Book Giveaway

HerCanberra

hercanberra.com.au

 

The Writing Process for Australian Story

Sally Murphy’s Blog

sallymurphy.blogspot.com

 

Book Review

Books for Little Hands

booksforlittlehands.blogspot.com

 

Saturday 10 March

 

Book Review

Kids Book Review

kids-bookreview.com

 

Book Giveaway

Posie Patchwork Blog

posiepatchworkblog.blogspot.com

 

Book Review

Suite 101

suite101.com/worldliteratures

 

Sunday 11 March

 

Book Review

My Little Bookcase

mylittlebookcase.com.au

 

Book Giveaway

Australian Women Online

australianwomenonline.com

 

Blog Tour Wrap-Up

Tania McCartney’s Blog

taniamccartney.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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