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The book begins at the beginning--when 'pen and paper ruled the world'--a novel concept for today's children when texting and typing is more the norm. A world of paper and ink? This has to be something that will both boggle and entrance kids.
During this time, in 1826, the very first set of poems were published in Colonial Australia--by an Australian-born author. Entitled Wild Notes from the Lure of a Native Minstrel, the book was penned by Charles Thompson, a public servant and a forerunner for Aussie authors.
Other authors featured in the book include Marcus Clarke, Louisa Lawson, William Lane, Banjo Paterson, Mary Gilmore, CJ Denis, May Gibbs, Miles Franklin and Henry Lawson. The fascinating literary tousle between Lawson and Paterson is also included - entitled The Bulletin Debate.
Entries are peppered with snippets of cool info on both the authors themselves and on life in Australia at the time. Photographs, maps, newspaper clippings, illustrations and even a peek at original manuscripts make this a well-researched, rewarding and engaging book.
More proof that history is far from boring. Fabulous for schools and libraries.
Title: Our Stories: Australian Writers of Influence
Author: Bernadette Kelly
Publisher: Black Dog Books, $17.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 October 2014
For ages: 6 - 12
Type: Non-Fiction, History