DEC Scan Journal : August 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 3 August 2011 94 WILKINSON, Carole Fromelles: Australia’s bloodiest day at war Black Dog, Vic, 2011 ISBN 9781742031767 [940.4] Wilkinson has written a very readable and accessible account of the battle of Fromelles and its aftermath. Fictional letters from combatants provide very personal viewpoints of the war, and these are interspersed throughout the book. Further insights are provided by the quota- tions, pictures, photographs, posters and comparative tables. The reader learns about the tactics, personnel, weaponry, battle progress and the consequences of this ill-fated charge. A currency is highlighted with the inclusion of Lambis Englezos’ work on the Pheasant Wood project, and the discovery of war graves. The websites listed provide a sound basis for further research into WWI. This book would provide a useful introduction to the study of WWI, particularly the Australian contribution on the Western Front. It may also be a catalyst for student research into family history. B . Hull USER LEVEL: Stage 3 KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: History Years 7–10 Paper $18.99 SCIS 1497189 KACER, Kathy Hiding Edith: a true story Allen & Unwin, NSW, 2011 ISBN 9781742375498 [940.531] The true story of Edith Schwalb, one of many Jewish children forced to move from place to place, conceal her identity and hide her faith in order to escape the Nazis during WWII, is inspirational. After fleeing Vienna and Belgium, the family arrives in southern France where her father is arrested and her mother realises that she must protect her children. Edith and her younger brother are sent to a house in Moissac where Jewish children are looked after and protected. They are welcomed and cared for by the people who run the house, and by the entire town who carefully protect their secret. In this beautifully crafted novel, when all appears bleak, the fact that the whole township risks their lives to keep others safe is truly heartening. Actual photos of Edith's family, friends and the house at Moissac contribute to the overall reality of this story which would provide a thought provoking stimulus for discussion about refugees. J. Eade USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: English; HSIE SYLLABUS: English K–6; English 7–10; HSIE K–6; History 7–10 Paper $15.99 SCIS 1495410 SHIMANO, Chie & KONNO, Kiyoshi Che Guevara: a manga biography Penguin Group (USA) Inc, 2010 ISBN 9780143118169 [972.91] The life and activities of Argentinian born revolutionary, Che Guevara, are recounted in this fast moving manga style publication. Born in 1928, Ernesto (Che) Guevara grew up and trained as a doctor before following his idealistic urges to free the oppressed peoples of South America and other areas of the world. He fought alongside Fidel Castro in Cuba the 1960s. After years of guerrilla warfare and political intrigue, Guevara was captured and executed in Bolivia in 1967. Guevara became known as a freedom fighter and has gained iconic status in some circles. This book offers a brief account of his egalitarian philosophy and complex political struggles. It is easy to read and is enhanced by the manga style black and white illustrations. Interestingly, this edition, composed by Japanese a writer and illustrator, presented in English, and published in the United States, indicates a wide recognition of Guevara as a significant historical figure. C . Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: English; HSIE SYLLABUS: English 7–10; History 7–10 Paper $19.95 SCIS 1492756 FRENCH, Jackie Booms, busts and bushfires, 1973- Scholastic, NSW, 2011 (Fair dinkum histories) ISBN 9781741697865 [994.05] Another book in the Fair dinkum histories series, this covers events from 1973 to 2010. Incidents in Australian history are concisely explained in French’s straight forward style. It cuts through complex politics and poses thoughtful reflections on historical events. Attitudes, social changes, fads and important news events are included. This text provides a useful synopsis of the times. It would be valuable for younger students of Australian history or as a starting point for high school studies. It would also be appropri- ate background knowledge for the Stage 3 COGs units (B): Identity and (G): Traditions and heritage. R. Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Paper $15.99 SCIS 1496192 Gayle Cale, teacher Narelle Chaffey, teacher Lizzie Chase, PSP Consultant, Western Sydney Victor Davidson, Birrong GHS Meg Davis, teacher Nuala Drougas, The Hills Sports HS Jan Eade, Macquarie ICT Colleen Foley, School Libraries and Information Literacy Nicole French, Singleton HS Amanda Frost, The Hills Sports HS Heather Gardiner, Bulli HS Patrick Hannan, Chifley College Bidwill Campus Di Johnston, Fairfield Heights PS Cath Keane, School Libraries and Information Literacy Karen McDonell, Lethbridge Park PS Ian McLean, Penrith PS Ian Mavin, Jamison HS Sue Morton, Ermington PS Rhonda Parnis, Sherwood Grange PS Shauna Pollard, Rooty Hill HS Sally Rasaiah, Cammeray PS Jean Saxby, Galston PS Carol Sheppard, Dorrigo PS Cathy Sly, School Libraries and Information Literacy Eleana Sly, Davidson HS Alison Soutter, Project Officer, DOCS Michelle Timperley, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Jason White, Chifley College Bidwill Campus Who reviews?