DEC Scan Journal : August 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 3 August 2011 74 as an observer rather than participant and this allows for more objective comment on the relationship between the characters. Close reading of the visual text is important as it often subverts the written, for example when Maudie proclaims the value of exercise from her seat in the bicycle basket while Bear does all the hard work of peddling, and later pushing, the bicycle. Presented as a series of stories, this book will stimulate interesting discussion on rights and responsibilities in relationships. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 KLA: PDHPE SYLLABUS: PDHPE K–6 $29.95 SCIS 1484073 VISSER, Helga The bush concert Omnibus, SA, 2011 ISBN 9781862918863 [A821] In this splendid lyrical resource a group of Australian birds organise a gala concert to cheer everybody up during a prolonged drought. The beautiful full page, colour illustrations depict many delightful Australian birds, all of which are represented and identified on the last page of the book. In their glorious concert, various birds are shown singing, dancing, performing acrobatics and presenting conjuring tricks. As the fireworks explode at the end of the performance it begins to rain, making this the perfect ending for their fun filled night. This wonderful poetry book will be a source of great entertainment, an informative aid to the identification of many Australian birds, and a great stimulus for discussion on the effects of drought and how best to conserve water. J. Eade USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Stage 2 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K–6 $26.99 SCIS 1496203 WHATLEY, Bruce & WHATLEY, Ben Smith Zoobots Angus & Robertson, NSW, 2010 ISBN 9780732284824 The most striking feature of this fantastic picture book is the stunning illustrations. Each image leaps from the page with vitality and colour. Accompanying the detailed visuals is a touching narrative that explores identity, friendship, compromise and accep- tance. Within Junk Jungle, Zebo has two best friends. Even though Hyde and TC are excellent companions, Zebo wants another best friend who is just right. With this goal in mind, the trio embark on a heart warming quest to make a new friend. The quirky font enhances the overall feel of the tale and interplays with the illus- trations. Able to be read on multiple levels, this picture book is accessible to a diverse range of reading audiences. H. Gardiner USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K–6; English 7–10 $24.99 SCIS 1450962 WILD, Margaret & BROOKS, Ron The dream of the thylacine Allen & Unwin, NSW, 2011 ISBN 9781742373836  An evocative narrative, portrayed through a skilful combination of poignant words and moving illus- trations, immerse the reader in The dream of the thylacine. Sophisticated and stirring, the written story of a caged Tasmania Tiger is juxtaposed with Ron Brooks’s touching visuals of the Thylacine dreaming of its freedom. A thought provoking precursor to a variety of studies, this picture book could support studies related to the extinction of the carnivorous marsupial. Pages in sepia tones display photo- graphic evidence from the 1930s of the last surviving Tasmanian Tiger. Much of the story is told visually, making this book a wonderful choice for examining aspects of visual literacy. It can be enjoyed and utilised on different levels and is appropriate for a wide age range. E . Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: English; HSIE SYLLABUS: English K–6; English 7–10; HSIE K–6 $29.99 SCIS 1495391 WILD, Margaret & DENTON, Terry Leo the littlest seahorse Penguin Books Ltd UK, 2010 ISBN 9780670073559 The whole gamut of factual seahorse attributes is explored within the narrative of this quirky, joyful, fiction picture book. It includes the nurturing of unborn seahorse young in the pouch of the male parent, through to the uniqueness of seahorse abilities to swivel their eyes, anchor to coral with their prehensile tails, and camouflage against larger predators, such as gropers. Leo is one of many tiny seahorse babies, and the one likely to cause the most consternation to his parents, Potbelly and Polly. Reminiscent of the animated film Finding Nemo, little Leo's antics are well complemented by Denton's richly colourful undersea artwork. It is an enjoyable and informative tale for young students. I . McLean USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 $24.95 SCIS 1474633 See the Resource reviews database <www.schools.nsw.edu.au/ resourcereviews> for reviews of more resources.