DEC Scan Journal : November 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 4 November 2011 74 SOETORO-NG, Maya & MORALES, Yuri Ladder to the moon Walker, UK, 2011 ISBN 9781406333381 Yearning for a departed grandmother, a little girl reaches out for the warmth of past reminiscences. This tribute by Barack Obama’s sister to their mother may be of interest to readers of all ages. The large picture book features muted double page illustrations of a magical golden ladder in the sky, as young Suhaila visits her deceased grand- mother on the moon. Heartfelt words are employed with compassion, as the wonderful, imaginative dreamland unfolds. The story concludes with circles of different languages surrounding children from around the world who have passed away. This resource can be used as a discussion starter on family relationships and grandparents, and would support Stage 1 COGs unit (B): Our families. D . Johnston USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 $29.95 SCIS 1508055 SULLIVAN, Sarah & ROOT, Barry Passing the music down Candlewick, USA, 2011 ISBN 9780763637538 The way music has the ability to bring different generations together with a common interest is portrayed in this softly illustrated picture book. Based on the true story of accomplished traditional fiddler, Melvin Wine, the story tells of both Wine’s accomplishments and his eye for identifying and developing talent in young musicians. The book reminds us that songs and expert musical knowledge must be transferred to the next generation, and that talented musicians have a moral responsibility to ensure this happens. Told in free verse and gently illustrated with water colours and gouache, the story also tells of the dedication needed to achieve personal dreams and continue traditions. R. Higginbottom USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 $29.95 SCIS 1501239 TAN, Shaun The arrival and Sketches from a nameless land Hachette Australia, NSW, 2010 ISBN 9780734411464 [741.6092] Presented as a boxed set, this resource contains a copy of The arrival, Tan’s highly acclaimed, wordless tale of an immigrant, accompanied by a companion sketchbook of preliminary drawings for The arrival. Layout and content is superb, mirroring the essential elements of the visual narrative. The box resembles a large album with an antiquated brown cover and sepia illus- tration. Tan’s notes in the sketchbook describe different stages of the creative process and offer insight into the vast collection of preparatory images that are included. It is a beautiful method of publication that is sure to captivate fans of the original book, or anyone who enjoys reading pictures. C . Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional KLA: CA; English SYLLABUS: English K–6; English 7–10; English Stage 6; Visual Arts 7–10 $89.99 SCIS 1490328 TAN, Shaun Lost and found Arthur A. Levine, USA, 2011 ISBN 9780545229241 A compilation of three of Shaun Tan’s acclaimed visual stories, this picture book is a treat. Originally published between 1998 and 2001, The red tree, The lost thing and The rabbits are independent creations that display the skill, versatility and depth of the composer. In collaboration with writer John Marsden, The rabbits presents the clash of cultures and the impact colonisation. The lost thing interro- gates individuality and tolerance in the face of social conformity. The red tree considers notions of alienation and abjection. This collection is rich with imaginative and metaphorical images that will elicit a depth of thought and understanding, and provide a focus for insight- ful discussion amongst students. It is a wonderful resource for the teaching and learning of visual literacy. C . Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K–6; English 7–10 $34.95 SCIS 1506592 WOOD, Douglas & LYNCH, P.J. No one but you Walker, UK, 2011 ISBN9781406333534 [153.1] Individuality and nature are at the heart of this serene, warmly illustrated picture book about engaging your senses and absorbing the beauty of the natural world. Several children from different families explore beyond suburbia as the narrator reminds them of things they can see, hear, touch, taste and, most importantly, feel. The narrative tone is reflective, gentle and calm, encouraging young readers to absorb the detailed, realistic illustrations and imagine the sensations the text describes. The closing message is both nurturing and uplifting, indicating that every individual is loved and has the ability to both experience and share love using all their senses. R . Higginbottom USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 $29.95 SCIS 1501788 ASHLEY, Bernard Aftershock Frances Lincoln Children’s, UK, 2011 ISBN 9781847800558 Powerful and descriptive, this realistic narrative canvasses themes of grief, change, courage and belonging. After a devastating earthquake in Greece kills his father and destroys his village, Markis Magriotis Some of these books are also suitable for lower secondary students. Fiction for younger readers Resources are arranged alphabetically by author. See also e-resources.