Saturday, 28 July 2012

Playground complied by Nadia Wheatley

"As Aboriginal people, if we lose our culture, we lose who we are and where we come from, and that's what we, as a community, don't want to happen".

Playground is nominated for the Eve Pownall Award for Best Information Book. It is written for an older primary school audience. There is a lot of information and text interspersed with photographs, maps and artwork.

This will become another favourite of school librarians everywhere.

The information was packed densely onto each page but I managed to garner fascinating nuggets from each section.
I liked how it was set out from creation, birth, childhood etc through to death. Detailing rituals, beliefs and day to day routines.

I found it difficult to work out who were the authors within the various sections of the book and which bits were written by Nadia Wheatley (if any).

Playground is a worthy nominee and it fulfills it's cover declaration of "listening to stories from country and from the heart."

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