DEC Scan Journal : November 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 4 November 2011 87 females work well in dealing with gender specific issues and potentially controversial topics. The language is inclusive, intelli- gent and appropriate. Younger students, who need more basic information, would find the approach too sophisticated. Photography and diagrams are contemporary and relevant. This is a valuable personal reference and educational research tool. A reference list of books and significant websites is included at the end of each section. R. Cox USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Professional KLA: PDHPE SYLLABUS: PDHPE 7–10 Paper $29.99 SCIS1505338 BRYAN, Philip On the move [series] Echidna, Vic, 2008 Machinery and forms of transport have always been popular topics for younger readers. This concise series uses labeled photographs and simple, informative text to describe the main parts of vehicles, showing how they work and why they are useful. Each page provides a What do you think? question, which may provide oppor- tunities to draw on students’ prior knowledge, check their compre- hension or initiate group discussion. Each title has sections devoted to vehicle safety and the historical evolution of the machinery. The series attempts to enhance classroom programs while catering for the individual reader, but does not quite satisfy either role. Individual titles may support understandings of community workers in the Stage 1 and Stage 2 COGs unit (E): Products, services and systems and assist with Science and Technology concepts in the Stage 2 COGs unit (F): Machines. S . Morton USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 KLA: English; HSIE; SciTech SYLLABUS: English K–6; HSIE K–6; Science & Technology K–6 Paper $14.95 each Reviewed titles in this series: Diggers and cranes SCIS 1396856 Fire engines SCIS 1396853 Helicopters SCIS 1396855 Motorbikes SCIS 1396852 McBRIDE, George Car book for the new driver George McBride, Qld, 2010 ISBN 9780646542546 [629.28] The aim of this book is an admirable one. It includes information on correct road use and basic auto maintenance. The layout offers straightforward and useful ideas, although the lack of colour and the uniform print text may not be immediately welcoming to adolescent readers. Graphics, including photographs, would have aided the quite worthy information and offered greater visual appeal. Later diagrams relating to specific engine functions do have direct connections to the associated text. R . Cox USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional KLA: PDHPE SYLLABUS: Crossroads Stage 6; PDHPE 7–10 Paper $22.99 SCIS 1498562 ICT project management [videorecording] VEA, Vic, 2011 ISBN none [658.4] Practical and concise, this 20 minute video would be suitable for students studying project design and development. It would be particularly useful for HSC students undertaking Information systems and Project work within the Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 course. The video is based around Bjango Software, a company which develops software applications for iPad and iPod. Members of the company’s development team discuss key elements for successful projects and demonstrate how they follow the systems development life cycle. This has direct relevance for students when they design their own ICT projects. The program follows the devel- opment of a project from an idea, through to planning, building, testing and evaluating the finished solution. Chapters include The project, Team work, Planning for success, The proposal, Design and devel- opment, Construction and Implementation. A. Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: TAS SYLLABUS: Information & Software Technology 7–10; Information Processes and Technology Stage 6 $125 SCIS 1514945 DE WAAL, Edmund The hare with amber eyes: a hidden inheritance Vintage, UK, 2011 ISBN 9780099539551 [738.092] The inheritance of a collection of 264 miniature Japanese ivory and wood carvings, known as netsuke, forms the basis of this sweeping family memoir. Passed down through several generations and transported to various locations, including Tokyo, Paris and Vienna, the netsuke’s journey parallels the history of this proud Jewish family. Spanning approximately 130 years, the personal story is also congruent with the turbulent social and political history of Europe and the Jewish people. Interspersed with black and white photographs and illustrations, the rich text is divided into four detailed sections. Some readers may find the minutiae of the meticulous writing style to be quite cumbersome. Yet, for those seeking a challenge, this epic saga and winner of the 2010 Costa Biography Award is a satisfying read. H . Gardiner USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 Paper $24.95 SCIS 1506603 DO, Anh The happiest refugee Allen & Unwin, NSW, 2010 ISBN 9781742372389 [792.702] In this perceptive and entertaining account, popular Australian comedian, Anh Do, describes his family’s journey from postwar Vietnam, enriching his audience’s under- standing of the refugee experience. Do’s depiction of the perilous trip is compelling and effectively conveys the enormous risks taken by many boat people to reach Australia. The memoir is an often hilarious account of migrant experiences in Sydney in the 1980s and 1990s, as Do relates his story with self-deprecating humour and a keen eye for the absurd. This Please be aware that the price of a text may change between the time we receive the resource and the publication of the resource review. Prices include GST.