Title – Make Way for Ducklings
Author & Illustrator – Robert McCloskey
Published – 1941
Publisher – Puffin Books
A story about two ducks, Mr and Mrs Mallard, flying around trying to find a suitable place to raise their family. They decide on a small island in the middle of Boston Public Gardens.
Wonderful and sweet! A must for every family’s home library.
Title – Withering-by-Sea
Series – A Stella Montgomery Intrigue Book #1
Author & Illustrator – Judith Rossell
Published – 2014
Pages – 259
Publisher – ABC Books, imprint of HarperCollins
High on a cliff above the gloomy coastal town of Withering-by-Sea stands the Hotel Majestic. Inside the walls of the damp, dull hotel, eleven-year-old orphan Stella Montgomery leads a miserable life with her three dreadful Aunts.
But one night, Stella sees something she shouldn’t have … Something that will set in motion an adventure more terrifying and more wonderful than she could ever have hoped for …
Story wise this is a wonderful book and a great set up for the beginning of what I hope is a long book series. Stella is quiet, brave, resourceful and inquisitive, a delightful heroine who meets several interesting characters, both friend and foe, throughout her investigations. Rossell’s period descriptions are beautifully done and adds to the atmosphere of the book. There are illustrations scattered throughout the book from full page to small ones in the margins.
The design of this book is gorgeous – navy blue ink text and illustrations on quality cream paper, with a dust jacket free hardcover and a blue ribbon marker. I would have treasured this book as a young girl, indeed as an adult I was delighted in the beauty of this book, as I’m sure many girls today would.
Title – Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia
Editors – Amra Pajalic & Demet Divaroren
Published – 2014
Publisher – Allen & Unwin
Muslim people in Australia come from over seventy countries and represent a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and experiences. Yet we are constantly bombarded by media stories feeding one negative stereotype. What is it really like to grow up Muslim in Australia? In this book, famous and not-so-famous Muslim-Australians tell their stories in their own voices.
The beard, the hijab, the migrant – these are all familiar images associated with Muslim people. But delve deeper and there are many other stories: the young female boxer entering the ring for her first professional bout; a ten-year-old boy who renounces religion; a young woman struggling to reconcile her sexual identity with her faith. These honest and heartfelt stories will resonate with all readers, providing different snapshots of Muslim life in Australia, dispelling myths and stereotypes, and above all celebrating diversity, achievement, courage and determination.
A book for teenagers, and even adults, from all backgrounds. There’s nothing like hearing people’s stories to better understand how diverse people are, even within the one faith.
Teachers Notes (link to download at bottom of page)