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 ...
Granny’s Place is a touching, whimsical tale of family ties and the special place a grandparent has in the heart of a child.
Granny and Pa’s farm was the best place in the world, brimming with treasures of the past and endless adventures to be had … but time brings change.
Regardless of uncertainty, there is an enduring love for Granny, and special childhood memories to be cherished forever.
Delightful illustrations bring the past to life and capture the fun of cousins gathering in a country kitchen and planning adventures amongst the beauty of rural Australia in the 1960’s.
Granny’s Place enriches both the understanding of the time and Australia’s past identity, through a wonderful story that celebrates the special bond between grandparent and child.
The targeted early childhood audience will share in the delight of adventure while gently being encouraged to accept that change comes with the rhythms of life.
A magical tale filled with exquisite illustrations
This an outstanding children’s book about a young girl and her cousins, remembering, exploring. It is about all the marvellous things one finds when they visited their Grandparents house.
A magical tale filled with exquisite illustrations and abundant memories to treasure
(Age: 4-6) Highly recommended. Themes: Family Life; Australia - Social Life and Customs - Twentieth Century.
Granny's Place is a nostalgic story that celebrates the loving relationship between a young girl and her grandparents. Memorable visits to the family farm are beautifully described; the simple joys of bouncing on the springy beds, sharing freshly baked bickies and cakes around the wooden kitchen table and stamping through carpets of pine needles. Packing up the farm and moving to the city after Pa's passing, brings new challenges. When Granny's welcomes the family to her purpose-built red brick bungalow, the mood changes, no pine needles, ducks, hens or geese, no shrieking metal gates. Granny's love is constant, she still bakes for her family and welcomes her grandchildren.
Shane McGrath's engaging illustrations encapsulate rural and city life in the 1960's. The evocative narrative is enlivened by the earthy palette of greens, reds and browns, energetic characters, detailed vignettes and large sweeps of white space that focus the eye. Take time to explore in the old mudbrick farmhouse, there's Pa's World War 1 memorabilia, the old pump organ ready to be played and treasures hidden in old suitcases.
Alison Paterson's sensory descriptions bring these warm memories to life. This is a delightful picture book to share with grandparents and great grandparents. A great resource for the Early Years History and Social Sciences, comparing how family life and places change over time.
Rhyllis Bignell, ReadPlus
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