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94 able life of a forgotten hero. From the initial photograph of the fresh faced Hubert Wilkins, the reader is swept along on his excursions to the Arctic and Antarctic, World War I, Russia, and inland Australia. His love of photogra- phy and pursuit of an aerial passion, including the race from England to Australia, are well documented with primary and secondary sources. He also attempted sailing under the polar ice in a submarine. The book showcases the role of photography in Australian history and highlights the enthusiasm and stamina of this man. Students with an interest in polar exploration or biogra- phies will find this an uplifting book. B. Hull USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: HSIE K--6; History 7--10 Paper $13.95 SCIS 1515280 WOOD, Douglas & MOSER, Barry Franklin and Winston: a Christmas that changed the world Candlewick, USA, 2011 ISBN 9780763633837 [940.53] Illuminating a little known historical event, Franklin and Winston tells the story of how a genuine friendship between the leaders of the USA and Great Britain helped to forge a crucial alliance between the two nations. The leaders met in the last days of 1941, just weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbour by the Japanese. The book explains how, under difficult circumstances, the two men created the atmosphere to turn American neutrality and reluctance to enter another European war into wholehearted support by the US Congress. With its compelling narrative approach, this book is suitable for independent reading or for reading aloud to a class. Part of the book's charm is that the author happily describes the men's faults and foibles in detail, an element that will catch the attention of young readers who may not ordinarily be interested in war stories. Skilfully rendered illustrations capture the nature of these statesmen and their historical context. J. White USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 KLA: HSIE SYLLABUS: HSIE K--6 $29.95 SCIS 1520398 LESTER, Alison & TULLOCH, Coral One small island: the story of Macquarie Island Penguin/Viking, Vic, 2011 ISBN 9780670072361 [994.6] With its lavish illustrations and extracts from diaries, personal accounts and drawings, this book explores the geology, flora and fauna, and history of Macquarie Island. It highlights the impact humans and their activities have had on this environment, particularly the introduction of animals, such as rabbits and cats. The cursive handwrit- ten sections of the book may prove a challenge for some students to read. Websites listed would have to be assessed for curriculum relevance and suitability. Stage 4 or 5 Science students could incorporate the text into their investigations of ecosystems. It could also be an adjunct to Stage 4 Geography students as they research World Heritage sites. B. Hull USER LEVEL: Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: HSIE; Science SYLLABUS: Geography 7--10; Science 7--10 $29.95 SCIS 1517014 Sally Bannerman, Animal Welfare Officer Gayle Cale, teacher Narelle Chaffey, teacher Ric Cilona, Senior Curriculum Policy Officer Robert Cox, Henry Kendall HS Margaret Davis, teacher Nuala Drougas, The Hills Sports HS Nicole French, Singleton HS Amanda Frost, The Hills Sports HS Heather Gardiner, Bulli HS Patrick Hannan, Chifley College Bidwill Campus Ruth Higginbottom, Tomaree PS Bronwyn Hull, Goulburn HS Di Johnston, Blackwell PS Cath Keane, School Libraries and Information Literacy Therese Kenny, School Libraries and Information Literacy Bede Kervin, Bowral HS Gillian Maugle, Wiley Park PS Ian Mavin, Westport HS Karen McDonell, Lethbridge Park PS Ian McLean, Penrith PS Sue Morton, English and Literacy Team Helen Myers, Camden HS Rhonda Parnis, Sherwood Grange PS Shauna Pollard, Rooty Hill HS Sally Rasaiah, Cammeray PS Nathan Roche, writer Cathy Sly, consultant Eleana Sly, Davidson HS Alison Soutter, Project Officer, FACS Carol Thomas, teacher Michelle Timperley, The Entrance HS Frances Whalan, Association of Independent Schools Jason White, Chifley College Bidwill Campus Who reviews? Looking for more reviews? Search the comprehensive Resource reviews database at <www.schools.nsw.edu.au/ resourcereviews>. For your convenience, scan- ning the QR code above will open this website.