DEC Scan Journal : November 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 4 November 2011 71 USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: English SYLLABUS: English 7–10; English Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Tan, Shaun. Bird king and other sketches; Artists’ books; Drawing, Australian; Illustration of books; Illustrators, Australian PUBLISHER: Windy Hollow, Vic REVIEW DATE: 28/08/11 [741.6092] *1509651* SCIS 1509651 WINMAN, Sarah When God was a rabbit Headline, UK, 2011 ISBN 9780755379293 England in the 1960s and 1970s is the setting for Elly’s nostalgic memories of her childhood. In this adult novel, she recounts the pleasure and pain of growing up, and her particular devotion to her older brother, Joe, who is gay. Their family and friends are quirky, eccentric and memorable for many reasons, including their shared love and support. The earlier part of the novel, set in Essex and Cornwall, is charming while the latter part, set in New York, with events including the 9/11 tragedy and its aftermath, is harrowing. Throughout the narrative, Elly’s candidness, her wry humour and her stoicism offer hope, even in the bleakest of circumstances. It is not a cute tale about a rabbit, but a perturbing, powerful coming of age story with content appropriate to an adult audience. C . Sly USER LEVEL: Community Professional Paper $29.99 SCIS 1506593 DEREWIANKA, Beverly A new grammar companion for teachers Primary English Teaching Association, NSW, 2011 ISBN 9781875622900 [428.2071] A useful handbook for teachers, this updated publication presents the fundamentals of English grammar. It approaches the teaching of grammar from a functional perspective and focuses on the importance of purpose and context in relation to spoken and written communication. Having explained basic word groups, including verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs and pronouns, the book provides examples of how these are combined to make meaning. With a focus on the interpersonal, textual and ideational functions of language, this edition connects with the content descriptions and elaborations from the Australian Curriculum: English. The omission of an index is a slight drawback, but clear definitions, tables, lists and questions make this a very practical resource which will be appreciated by teachers of primary and lower secondary students. E . Sly USER LEVEL: Professional KLA: AC; English SYLLABUS: English K–6; English 7–10 Paper $35.95 SCIS 1491064 Persuasive text [electronic resource] Australian Children’s Television Foundation, 2011 ISBN 0864211902  Designed to support teachers addressing persuasive texts in the classroom, this DVD-ROM offers a number of downloadable video clips, teaching guides, and student activity sheets. Each video clip is supported by background notes and activities pitched at students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. Within each unit, teachers are provided with a NAPLAN marking guide and content connects with the Australian Curriculum: English. The source materials are concise and engaging, helping students to develop their understanding of the nature of persuasive language, and to practise skills of persuasive written expression. A valuable resource with readily available lesson materials, this will be useful for primary and lower secondary teachers. E . Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: AC; English SYLLABUS: English K–6; English 7–10 $49.50 SCIS 1497902 BLAND, Nicholas The aunties three Scholastic, NSW, 2011 ISBN 9781741697919 [A821] Why the youngest in this house wrecking trio is wearing a pig outfit, and another a colander on his head, is not explained in this rhyming picture book about the mayhem that occurs when three severe aunties arrive at the door. Keen to impress aunties one, two and three, the children bring tea, rub feet and polish shoes, as instructed. Looking more like the ugly stepsisters, one by one the aunties lose a hat to the cat, crash through a chair, and succumb to an exploding can of baked beans. There is a twist to this rollicking tale which will delight and reassure young children that not all relatives are as scary and bossy as these demanding old aunties. S. Rasaiah USER LEVEL: Stage 1 $24.99 SCIS 1506499 The Office of Schools Plan 2009–2011 <www.curriculumsupport.education.nsw.gov.au/policies/ literacy/guidelines> articulates what is needed to best support every learner in NSW government schools. Literacy and Numeracy are priority areas. Reviewers include literacy and numeracy experts to show how resources might support these priorities. Literacy and Numeracy resources Resources are listed in Dewey order. Some books in this section are nonfiction or have relevance to a particular KLA. Picture books Picture books are arranged alphabetically by author.