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My Father's Islands: Abel Tasman's Heroic Voyages

Author:   Mattingley, Christobel
Publisher:   National Library of Australia
ISBN:  

9780642277367


Pages:   190
Publication Date:   01 May 2012
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It is the 1640s and Claesgen lives in Batavia with her stepmother, Jannetje, waiting weeks, and sometimes months, for her father, Abel Tasman, to come back from his sea voyages. When he returns, Tasman delights his young daughter with tales of treacherous oceans and relentless wild weather, hazards of unseen coral reefs and endless days of empty ocean, encounters ó both friendly and hostile ó with indigenous peoples, murder and theft, and the threat of smugglers and pirates.

Inspired by a 1637 painting of the Tasman family by Jacob Cuyp and meticulously researched, My Fatherís Islands is a fictional story told through the voice of Claesgen. Tasmanís young daughterís curiosity about her fatherís life takes the reader on his voyage on the unchartered seas of the Pacific Ocean, in the search for unknown lands and new sources of riches for the powerful trading company, the Dutch East India Company.

Either a gift for young readers or an invaluable resource for the classroom, My Fatherís Islands opens up to children a significant, but little known, part of Australiaís historyóthe European discovery of parts of the Unknown South Land by the heroic explorer and navigator, Abel Janszoon Tasman.

Christobel Mattingley, one of Australia's most respected and admired writers, has written over 50 books. In 1990, she received an Advance Australia Medal for her contribution to literature in Australia and in 2011 she was nominated for the 2012 Hans Christian Andersen Awards by the International Board on Books for Young People.

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Author:   Mattingley, Christobel
Publisher:   National Library of Australia
ISBN:  

9780642277367


Pages:   190
Publication Date:   01 May 2012
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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