Bunch of Books to Share

30 Apr

Here’s a few books I’ve read recently and wanted to share:

 “Radio Rescue” is a recent release, which I’m very tempted to buy.  I already have several of Jane Jolly’s books and this new one is a gorgeous book.  So, really, do I have any good reasons not to buy it?  Nope.  You’re right.  I should to buy it.

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And it’s an educational book as well.  Yet another reason to buy it.  Plus it’s Australian.  The excuses reasons are growing.

The story introduces the reader to John Flynn and Alfred Traeger, and tells about the morse code radio transmitters that provided the outback with communication.  It also introduces the Flying Doctors Service.

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The illustrations are lovely.  There are black and white illustrations on every page

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and charming fold-out colour images as well.

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Oh course, after reading “Radio Rescue”, we had to read more about John Flynn, the guy on one side of the twenty dollar note.  From my shelves, I pulled an “Aussie Notables” book on John Flynn.  This little book was excellent!  It had been a secondhand purchase, but, after having read it, I need to find more of these.  All of these in fact!!  The book was engaging, full of detail, fairly well written and a smidge humorous as well.

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Plus, how many of the people on our currency do you know anything about.  Given that they are important enough to feature on the notes, we probably should know a little something about them.

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Tank Boys” is a book we just finished reading today.  We LOVED it.  It’s about the capture of the Mephisto, the world’s only surviving WW1 German A7V tank.

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If you’ve been to the Queensland Museum, you’ve probably seen the tank and not given it much thought (although it’s currently in Canberra and not due back on display in Brisbane until late 2018).

Before it returns to Brisbane (or really quickly, if you plan on checking it out at the War Memorial in Canberra), make a point of reading “Tank Boys”.

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There’s nothing like a good story to help bring something alive.

After reading the story, we pulled out our Mephisto guide book and checked out all the facts and details, and pored over the images.

Hurry home Mephisto.  We are itching to visiting you again.

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“The Fabulous Friend Machine” is a picture book I’d seen around the place and decided I needed to borrow and read.   It seemed intriguing.

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The story is a modern cautionary tale about the dangers of social media ‘friends’.

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Popcorn the children from Fiddlesticks Farm finds a “Fabulous Friend Machine”, but, is it?

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She ignores her real friends, and is totally absorbed in her ‘Fabulous Friend Machine’.

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But her ‘Fabulous Friends’ turn out to be not so fabulous.

This is a important tale to tell but perhaps it’s meant to nudge the parent reading it, rather than the child hearing it.

And boy is it a message that needs to be heard – “Look up from your phones.  Life is passing you by.”

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No Ordinary Day” is another book we read recently and enjoyed…if you can ‘enjoy’ a book about poverty and leprosy.

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I like books that make us stop and think, and that make us consider how others live.

In this story, Valli runs away from the people who had been caring for her (‘caring’ in the looses sense of the word) and she ends up living on the streets in Kolkata (once known as Calcutta).  Unbeknown to Valli, she also has leprosy, a disease that plagues the people she calls ‘monsters’.

There are some dark moments in this story, as you’d expect, and a lot of ugliness, but Valli was such an endearing character that it was hard not to like the story.

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Yes, we’ve read plenty of other books recently

but you’ll have to wait for next time to hear all about them.



Posted by on April 30, 2017 in My Library


2 responses to “Bunch of Books to Share

  1. Heidi Wilson

    May 1, 2017 at 8:37 am

    I have just now put Radio Rescue and Tank Boys on reserve. Sadly they didn’t have No Ordinary Day but they did have several other books by the same author (all on the year 7-9 Premier’s Reading Challenge so we will wait a bit). I may check out some of her other books and read them myself to see what the content is like and when I think James WILL be ready for them. For the time being I need to re-read Jackie French’s book about the Vikings to see how (or if) I need to edit that at all when we start studying the Vikings.

    James LOVES the Aussie Notables series and I highly recommend them all – per what he has told me about them.

    We borrowed The Fabulous Friend Machine from the library as well and I agree – it is a good message for children, but the deeper message is actually for the adults! 😉

    Glad to see you are enjoying the beginning of term two… on my list of things to do is to catch up my blogs AND you are top of the list of people to email!! 😉

    • Tracey

      May 1, 2017 at 12:19 pm

      My library only has two of the Aussie Notables (one of which we’ve already read) so I’ve bought two of them to start our collection.

      I think the Viking book has a scene or elements right at the beginning when the Vikings are raiding the village. It’s been a long time since I read it though. I think it was my first Jackie French book actually.

      I’ve read the first Parvana book (by Deborah Ellis) and have plans to read them to the boys this year. There’s actually several of her books on our ‘to read’ list for this year.

      Just a warning with Tank Boys. There’s a little bit of swearing in it. They are soldiers after-all. But it’s easy enough to edit out if need be. We kept it in as it kept the Aussie soldier flavour. That’s the beauty of having older kids. 🙂


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