Respect by Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson. Illustrated by Lisa Kennedy

Our way is respect. We listen. Learn. Share.

The brightly coloured cover will catch your attention straight away – and then the title: Respect.

This word carries so much with it and this book – an amazing picture walk through how we can show and need to respect everyone and everything around us.

Aunty Fay Muir and Sue Lawson have put this concept out there in a simple yet very meaningful way.

Respect is something that has always been there and something that should always be here.

Respect is not only respecting our elders and those in our community, it is also respecting the world around us.

Respect is listening to the stories passed down to us and the songs that are sung to us.

We see they way we can respect others through Lisa Kennedy’s captivating illustrations that truly encompass the colours of Australia, the traditional owners and the nature within.

This picture book should be used far and wide, in all levels of classroom learning and in homes. It’s simplicity can be discussed by all ages and through this, all ages of children and adults can see that respect is simple and through respect – we learn a lot and have harmony.

So what can we do with this picture book?

Key focus: What is respect?

  • Brainstorm what you think respect means in your life.
  • How is listening to stories respectful?
  • How do songs teach us respect?
  • How does respect look in your own community?
  • Write a book, with illustrations to show respect at your school or community – make connections to this picture book.
  • Write an acrostic poem that outlines what respect is to you.

  • Look at the illustrations and note the various colours that have been used – how do these colours link to respect?

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