DEC Scan Journal : February 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 1 February 2011 80 The best nest / adapted by Penny Olsen. National Library of Australia, ACT, 2010 ISBN 9780642277046 Olsen has adapted C. E. Stamp's poem Birds with their own nest agree (1945) to explain why different species of birds build different types of nest. The robins visit the cuckoo, kookaburra, emu, mallee fowl and grebes, among others, to examine their nests. Each bird explains why they have built their nest in their particular way and particular location. The message is that there are valid reasons for choices made and the birds build their nest to suit their needs and habitat. The robins discuss why the other nests would not suit them. The book has many words and it includes information on each bird and illustrations are supported by reprints of those held by the National Library. R. Higginbottom USER LEVEL: Stage 3 KLA: SciTech SYLLABUS: Science & Technology K--6 Paper $17.95 SCIS 1469915 BUSH, Maureen Veil of magic [series] Coteau Books for Kids, Canada, 2010 Set in Canada, this fantasy series centres on two youngsters and a magic which allows travel between worlds. Unfortunately, as the ring passes through the veil separating the two worlds, it creates tears in the delicate fabric, allowing the precious magic to escape, thereby weakening it. Josh and his sister Maddy must evade an angry troll and a malicious water spirit to return the ring to safety. Along the way they make important discoveries about themselves and each other. Throughout the book, the author delicately interweaves subtle themes of greed and selfishness as she critically looks at what mankind is doing to the environment and the repercussions this may have in the future. M. Whitfield USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Paper $10.95 each Reviewed titles in this series: Crow boy SCIS 1470392 The nexus ring SCIS 1352282 DELL, Gaye Bidge's mob Interrelate Family Centres, NSW, 2009 ISBN 9780977510931 There is a great need for stories like this to help children deal with family separations. Unlike similar books, this acknowledges the child's pain. In a metaphorical sense, it highlights different animals in the bush that live quite happily within different family struc- tures, for example male emus that raise their chicks alone. The book is beautifully and unsentimentally illustrated in a style that will have a wide appeal. It is a very respectful book which will be useful in classrooms where there are Indigenous children in out of home care. School counsellors will find it a particularly useful means to assist troubled children. A. Soutter USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Community Professional KLA: PDHPE SYLLABUS: PDHPE K--6 Paper $14.95 SCIS 1460902 FARSHTEY, Greg & MHAN, Pop The fall of Atero Papercutz, USA, 2010 (Bionicle) ISBN 9781597071932 Volume 9 in the enjoyable Bionicle graphic novel series, this tale takes place in the fantasy world of Bara Magna. An inhospitable world of deserts and mountains forms the backdrop for conflicts between rival robotic tribes. Bands of armed warriors battle for supremacy in gladiatorial style tournaments. Fans of the series will be delighted by another action packed narrative, while newcomers may be captivated by this episode. Like other volumes of the zany science fiction epic, this is presented in high colour and irregular panels that capture the turmoil and create a high level of excite- ment. A means of cultivating interest in reading and an apprecia- tion graphic novel techniques, this is a sound publication for young students. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 Paper $14.99 SCIS 1474077 FLYNN, Pat The trophy kid UQP, Qld, 2010 ISBN 9780702238406 After tackling the topics of obesity and anorexia in his previous novels, Flynn's main character in this story is Marcus, a talented young tennis player who comes to realise he has obsessive compulsive disorder. We are shown Marcus's life of training and tournaments, family health worries and self expecta- tions, and the pressures these put on him even though he has a supportive family around him. Marcus turns to his friends, who help him confront his problems. Flynn writes about this topic with warmth, humour and understanding. This fictional text may support students who are experiencing similar feelings, and those who know someone with this disorder. The novel encourages children to face their problems, reach out to others and get the right advice. R. Parnis USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Paper $16.95 SCIS 1462437 Some of these books are also suitable for lower secondary students. 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. Fiction for younger readers Resources are arranged alphabetically by author. See also e-resources.