Allison Marlow Paterson is a teacher/librarian. She decided to write Anzac Sons to honour her family after the collection of over 500 letters came ...
Shane McGrath was born in Melbourne and has a brother and two sisters. His dad says he was named after a Hollywood cowboy. His mum says he was alwa...
As the sun peeks over the horizon we are ready to start the working day all over again…
I love shearing time!
Shearing time is the best time of the year! Told through the eyes of a child, Shearing Time is a charming and evocative story that captures the author’s delight as her family work together during one of their most significant annual tasks. Sunrise to sunset there are sheep with attitude, a shed of shearers, dogs with personality, motorbikes and a country kitchen to open the door on the life of a country kid.
“Shearing Time” reflects the experience of rural children while providing an opportunity for early childhood readers to both appreciate that the lives of others are different to their own, to understand concepts related to the Australian farming experience and to engage with a delightful, accessible narrative of times past. Childhood memories and experiences bring the past to life!
“Alison Paterson’s sensory descriptions bring these warm memories to life... A great resource for the Early Years History and Social Sciences, comparing how family life and places change over time.” - ReadPlus on Granny’s Place
Colourful and engaging
Nothing shouts Australia louder than sheep, blowies, and working dogs on bikes. I envy the ability the pic-ture book team of Paterson and McGrath has at cap-turing the essence of the Aussie outback with such bold open sky appeal.
Colourful and engaging, Shearing Time begins during the school holidays with one farm girl’s exclamation, ‘I love shearing time!’ She goes on to explain why, inviting readers to share her shearing experiences from sunrise to sunset. Every aspect including herding cantankerous sheep, the arrival of the rowdy seasonal shearers, the racket and rumble of shearing time right up to the feeding of workers is ably depicted giving youngsters a realistic, close-up look of how wool is procured from paddock to jumper. The glossary of well-loved shearing terms is especially useful.
A great focus on rural life and one of our most significant primary industries for 4 – 8 year-olds.
ReadPlus - Review Blog by Fran Knigt - March 2017
"All in all this book is worthy contribution to a library's miscellany of books about Australia, books about other people's lives and of course, about an almost iconic part of Australian rural life - shearing."
Books & Publishing - Inside the Australian Book Industry - Review by Thuy On 8 February 2017
"Though shearing is engrained in Australian mythology, chances are most children't aren't familiar with the practice of removing a woolly coat from its owner. Allison Patterson's book tries, with success, to rectify this."
The Bottom Shelf Blog by Barbara Braxton - March 3, 2017
"This is a refreshing story that not only puts our country students in the frame but also allows their city cousins to have a glimpse of a different kind of life and help them understand the vital role that our rural communities have in our welfare and well-being and that other kids spend their time doing very different things."
Boomerang Books Blog - "There's no place like home - Aussie flavoured picture books
"A great focus on rural life and one of our most significant primary industries for 4 - 8 year olds."
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