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Shearing Time PB

(5 customer reviews)
Authors: Allison Paterson Illustrator: Illustrator Shane McGrath
Children's literature, Australian Farming Life
230mm x 260mm

Included on the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge list.

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

Allison Paterson

Allison Paterson

Allison Paterson is the author of the 2016 ABIA and CBCA longlisted title Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front, the children’s version of her adult non-fiction title Anzac Sons: the Story of Five Brothers in the War to End All Wars. She has written four other children’s books, Granny’s Place and Shearing Time […]

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Illustrator Shane McGrath

Illustrator Shane McGrath

Shane McGrath is a talented artist/illustrator from Melbourne. His mum says he was always talented (all mum’s say that) and one of the first artworks Shane made was when he bit his toast in the shape of a horse. He always loved drawing pictures and reading books, especially Where the Wild Things Are and Asterix […]

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5 reviews for Shearing Time PB

  1. 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.

  2. Shearing Time is both a celebration of this time of year for youngsters who know and loev farming, and an explanation of it for those who may be less familiar. following the events of one day of shearing – with promise of more days to come – from the perspective of a child who helps her parents and the shearers. With realistic-styled digital and ink illustrations, and back of book notes and glossary, a useful insight into farming life.

  3. Shearing Time, written by Allison Paterson, is full of energy from the first page turn to the last. It’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of the shearing of the sheep, as told through the eyes of a girl who lives and breathes life on the farm, from the hard work to the fun parts to the yucky sheep droppings. Illustrator, Shane McGrath, has created a real life sheep farm atmosphere on each page which captures the all the liveliness with detailed illustrations that convey the very essence of the story, making you feel like the farm is your home, too. Another facet I enjoyed about Shearing Time, is the information page at the end of the story. It tells of when the first sheep arrived in Australia and lists some curious words and sayings used in shearing – ‘Ducks on the Pond’ made me laugh. Children will enjoy this fast paced story about Australia’s sheep shearers, learning the process about our wool, from sheep to shop, acknowledging the hard work and dedication of our wool farmers and shearers.

  4. Grandchildren would love it. But I just love the story and the illustrations are just beautiful as well. My parents loved the story they have been buying the book for the their brothers and they are in their 80’s she has touched a beautiful spot for us all. Shearing time is really the best time of the year. Thank you for this beautiful book to bring back wonderful memories

  5. Seen through the eyes of a child living in the country this tale perfectly captures the author’s happy childhood memories of working together with her family from sunrise to sunset on their annual task of sheep shearing.

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