Twelve Australian women who have shaped history and all from different eras and different walks of life.
In the last two years there has been an increase in books about women who have made a difference in the world but this book is a little different.
Focussing on only 12 women and covering each state of Australia, the short stories written about each woman give us some information about where and how they grew up and what inspired them to start on the pathway that made them famous.
Each story is short and engaging so younger readers will enjoy reading these stories and looking and the vibrant illustrations that match what the woman looked like and what she did.
The book has also included a more information section at the back of the book to help young readers or their parents and teachers to use websites that are trusted to give them reliable information.
We especially loved the final page in this book which inspired many of my young readers
The dry salt bed of Kati-Thanda~Lake Eyre shimmers in the desert heat.
But far up north, the rains have come. Water is flooding into empty riverbeds and swirling down towards the lake.
Soon everything will change.
Mesmerising images, lyrical narrative and imagination sparking facts – Desert Lake is a work of art created by Pamela Freeman and Liz Anelli.
The story begins in the hot parched desert which looks desolate and barren but as soon as the rains falls and the rivers from up north flow down south we see how amazing the natural world is. As we read this story we were amazed to find out about frogs eggs that lay dormant for years under the ground waiting for rain and birds that can sense when the lake is in flood from hundreds of kilometres away.
Desert Lake’s illustrator – Liz Anelli has created eye catching illustrations which give more depth to the story through detail and by adding extra images on each page.
Kati-Thanda-Lake Eyre does not receive as much water as it used to largely due to climate change and over use of water from nearby farms. Humans have a great knack at doing things that suit us without thinking of the consequences – perhaps now is the time to start to consider the farming procedures in Australia so that we can perhaps start to farm food that works with our climate – food that needs less water and less pesticides.
So what can you do?
Take your time to read this book – we have read it over and over and still each time we manage to ask new questions about Kati Thanda.
Pull out a map and find out which rivers flow into Kati Thanda.
Investigate and find out the type of farming done in the middle of Australia and how the farming might effect the land.
How can you save water? List some ways your family can conserve water.
How can you look after water? List some ways you can be more mindful of what you put down the drain.