DEC Scan Journal : May 2011
Scan Vol 30 No 2 May 2011 94 a firm grasp of the nuances of language will revel in the illustrated, anecdotal commentary that underpins the busy visual imagery of every era in exploration. The text examines exploration by time and geographical areas including space, oceans and mountains, as well as the future. There are many subheadings in each area that are not sequential, making it ideal for those who are seeking specific information or for those readers who enjoy revisiting a point of interest. For this reason, the book is an ideal one to use in a visual literacy lesson in which the teacher and class could discuss possible effective reading paths and image-text relationships in this multimodal factual text. R. Higginbottom USER LEVEL: Stage 2 Stage 3 KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: HSIE K--6 $35.00 SCIS 1453689 LLOYD, Alison & DENTON, Terry Wicked warriors and evil emperors: the true story of the fight for Ancient China Penguin Group (Australia), 2010 (Puffin) ISBN 9780143304340  The fascinating history of Ancient China is presented in an engagingly conversa- tional tone in this book. Teachers of the History 7--10 topic Societies and civilisa- tions of the past may be inspired to choose Ancient China as an option after reading this book. As the title suggests, there is a strong leaning towards accounts of battles and wars between various Emperors, their rivals and neighbouring regions. Interspersed are substantial sections on beliefs, the social hierarchy, daily life and the legacy of Ancient China, which provide the stories with context and depth. The delivery of factual information is enhanced by Terry Denton's quirky illustra- tions. Teachers will find the various quizzes and timelines useful. Answers are included at the back of the book. J. White USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: History 7--10 Paper $16.95 SCIS 1475095 The Holocaust: the Nazi genocide against the Jewish people New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, 2010 ISBN none [940.53] This brief account of the Holocaust provides a factual, clearly laid out and accessible account of the genocide which led to the deaths of millions of Jews between 1933 and 1945. There are distressing facts and photographs. The book articulates the Nazi ideology of race and outlines the role of propaganda in Adolph Hitler's plan for extermination of the Jews. Boycotts, quotas, segregation into ghettos, deportations, mass shootings and concentration camps are explained. It considers those who assisted Jews to hide during World War II, the resistance in the ghettos, the post-war trials, and Holocaust survivors in Australia. The issues are very clearly outlined and the book will be of use to teachers and students studying the History 7--10 option, The shaping of the modern world. Stage 6 students will find the information valuable when studying options Germany 1918--1939, Albert Speer 1905--1981 or Conflict in Europe 1935--1945, which involve looking at the origins, nature and impact of the Holocaust, and comparing various sources. E. Chase USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 Stage 6 Professional KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: History 7--10; Modern History Stage 6 Paper $POA SCIS 1489516 KERTA, Sadriani Wayan The Indonesia book: a people, a place, a culture Black Dog, Vic, 2010 (Cultures of the world) ISBN 9781742030937 [959.804] Part of a series on different cultures of the world, this is an accessi- ble and colourful publication showcasing the diversity of Indonesia. The theme of the book is many islands, many people. Indonesia's main islands are described in terms of their history and culture. Other sections deal with language, religion and traditional beliefs, and the delicate balance between the environment and the rapid development of the Indonesian economy. Throughout the book the photography is a highlight, with glossy pictures of some little known aspects of daily life. This book would be useful for a country case study in HSIE K--6 or as a starting point for an integrated study of people, place and environment in Stage 4 Geography. J. White USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: HSIE K--6; Geography 7--10 Paper $18.99 SCIS 1461916 Gayle Cale, teacher Narelle Chaffey, teacher Lizzie Chase, PSP Consultant, Western Sydney Robert Cox, Henry Kendall HS Victor Davidson, Birrong GHS Meg Davis, teacher John Newman, writer Nuala Drougas, The Hills Sports HS Jan Eade, Macquarie ICT Nicole French, Singleton HS Amanda Frost, The Hills Sports HS Heather Gardiner, Bulli HS Ruth Higginbottom, Tomaree PS Anne Iredale, Callaghan College, Wallsend Campus Di Johnston, Fairfield Heights PS Cath Keane, School Libraries and Information Literacy Sally Leaney, Northern Beaches Secondary College, Balgowlah Boys Campus Karen McDonell, Lethbridge Park PS Ian Mavin, Jamison HS Sue Morton, Ermington PS Adam Parnis, Greystanes HS Rhonda Parnis, Sherwood Grange PS Shauna Pollard, Rooty Hill HS Sally Rasaiah, Cammeray PS Penelope Robertson, Project Officer Nathan Roche, writer Jean Saxby, Galston PS Cathy Sly, School Libraries and Information Literacy Eleana Sly, Davidson HS Alison Soutter, Project Officer, DOCS Jan Stevens, Asquith GHS Michelle Timperley, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Jason White, Chifley College Bidwill Campus Shane Williams, Camden Haven HS Who reviews?