A young boy prepares for a game of footy, pulling socks onto his left foot, then right foot. Next come the boots – left and right. Now it’s time to practice some skills – bouncing, catching and kicking.
This simple story about a young Aboriginal boy preparing for a game of AFL captures the energy, excitement and frustration of a young child learning to play. The way the boy’s dog features in the illustrations also highlights the wonderful way children often regard their pets as playmates, involving them in their games.
The text by author Paul Seden features paired statements matching actions on the left and right. Karen Briggs’ illustrations are filled with movement and energy and capture the big skies and red earth of the outback.
The simplicity of the story makes this ideal for children starting to read independently, especially if they have an interest in football.
Kick With My Left Foot was produced through the Emerging Indigenous Picture Book Mentoring Project, a join initiative between The Little Big Book Club and Allen & Unwin, assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council.
Title: Kick With My Left Foot
Author: Paul Seden
Illustrator: Karen Briggs
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: 28 May 2014
For ages: 2 - 5
Type: Picture Book