DEC Scan Journal : February 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 1 February 2011 78 sophisticated jokes and references. The thought provoking written text is accompanied by magical illustrations of sepia drawings and collages of metallic papers. These repay close scrutiny, as does the inventive and eccentric layout --- some pages need to be read upside down or sideways. Precious is prepared to take risks, which pay off as she flies among the stars performing triple somer- saults. This beautifully designed picture book provides a spectacu- lar model for teachers wanting to stimulate the verbal and artistic capacities of young students. M. Davis USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA: CA; English SYLLABUS: Creative Arts K--6; English K--6 $24.99 SCIS 1461671 KANE, Glenda & ALLEN, Lisa Anzac Day parade Penguin Group (NZ), 2010 (Puffin) ISBN 9780143504412  An evocative, poignant picture book, this is an outstanding publication. Soft, watercolour illustrations help to create a pensive mood, inviting readers to consider a significant part of Australia's history. An elderly war veteran shares his sad memories with a young boy who tends to think of war as an exciting adventure. The realities of combat are gently introduced by means of the concise written text and the sensitive double page illustrations. Discussion and research triggered by the tale and the few facts, printed at the end of the book, could support the Stage 1 COGs unit (B): Our stories, the Stage 2 COGs unit (B): Being Australian, and the Stage 3 COGs unit (B): Identities. A. Beedles USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Paper $14.95 SCIS 1446756 KIMURA, Ken & MURAKAMI, Yasunari 999 tadpoles find a new home Gecko, NZ, 2010 ISBN 9781877467271 Mother Frog and Father Frog have 999 tadpoles but when they grow into frogs the pond becomes too small and they have to move. This picture book is a whimsical tale about their journey and the dangers they meet. Some of the humour is aimed at older readers, and there is plenty of reading. Younger readers will enjoy the colour illustrations which lend themselves well to visual literacy activities. Discussion about the life cycles of frogs, habitat, and dangers of terrain, snakes and birds could evolve from a reading of this book. It could be used to support the Stage 1 COGS unit (C): Growing and changing. R .Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 1 Paper $15.99 SCIS 1464154 KWAYMULLINA, Ambelin How frogmouth found her home Fremantle Arts Centre Press, WA, 2010 ISBN 9781921696015 Ambelin Kwaymullina is an illustrator and writer from the Bailgu and Njamal peoples from the Pilbara region in Western Australia. Her story names and describes a variety of Australian animals and explains where they live. The main character is a tawny frogmouth looking for a home. On the way, she helps other animals to identify their own place in the world. It is a useful stimulus text for students studying identity and families. The concept of belonging to the land rather than owning it is accentuated, helping to explain the relationship of Aboriginal people to the land. While the text may be too difficult for an emergent reader to decode indepen- dently, it is repetitive and there are vibrant illustrations that support meaning for a young reader. It is a thoroughly engaging picture book which most young readers will enjoy. K. Rushton USER LEVEL: Early Stage 1 Stage 1 KLA: English; HSIE SYLLABUS: English K--6; HSIE K--6 $24.95 SCIS 1463627 LARDNER, Kym & LARDNER, Oliver The dragon's lie ABC, NSW, 2010 ISBN 9780733325229 The end of this picture book is, as the end papers suggest, just the beginning for Dragon and the boy. Alone in a zoo, Dragon is challenged by the boy to be a real dragon, but what is the point when you have no-one to share your antics and adventures with? This provides a great starting point for exploring the nature and benefits of friendship, activity and engagement for maintaining one's self esteem, confidence, sense of wellbeing and worth. The boy's beliefs about what makes a proper dragon offers a good model for exploring and developing character and characterisation. Manga style and traditional eastern imagery combine to give this tale a unique look and feel. N. Chaffey USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 $24.99 SCIS 1450861 LESTER, Alison Noni the pony Allen & Unwin, 2010 ISBN 9781741758887 [821.3] Children will enjoy a shared reading of this picture book. Most will be able to use the support of the pictures and rhyming words to predict and join in with the text as it is read aloud. The wonderful Alison Lester, no matter how simple the story, always provides readers with depth and challenge. The story addresses themes of friendship and childhood fears while using alliteration, assonance and rhyme to make the reading of the story rhythmic and engaging. Each double page spread has only two lines of written text, in a large font, and pictures that support understanding of the meaning. Some of the vocabulary may be challenging for an emergent reader, See the Resource reviews database <www.schools.nsw.edu.au/ resourcereviews> for reviews of more resources.