Drawing on the impressive collections of the National Library of Australia, this comprehensive book provides children with an interesting and engaging overview of the history of Australia. It covers many of the main events in the nation’s history, including:
Full Product DetailsAuthor: Macinnis, Peter
Publisher: National Library of Australia
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 01 September 2013
Bind Format: Hardback
Publisher's Status: Out of Print
Availability: Not available
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An absolute must-have for every school in Australia. Illustrated with stunning images including historical photographs and artwork from the archives of the NLA in Canberra, it is written by a CBCA Award winner and is chock-a-block crammed full of fabulous historical facts about a huge range of topics from the serious to the light-hearted.
This is an excellent resource that every school library and home should have. It gives a general introduction to Australian history with topics ranging from Ancient Australia to discovery of Australia, settlement, Aboriginal peoples, sporting life, Federation, Anzacs, natural disasters, multiculturalism and much more.
The book is extremely well set out, well researched and written and well illustrated. The use of headings and sub-headings is great to see as all books should follow this format. It is obvious that Teacher Librarians were consulted in the layout of the book because the information is easy to access and understand. It is not an in-depth study but covers information that students need to know about Australia's history in broad terms so it is extremely useful for primary aged students and even lower high school students. The information is accurate unlike many websites today that many students rely upon.
Illustrations throughout are provided by the National Library of Australia and the use of colour adds to its appeal. The chapters have a coloured band at the top of the pages which makes it easy to see their start and finish. There is important information spread throughout the book on notepaper which draws the attention of the reader.
It is a hard cover book which is excellent for durability and it is up-to-date, being published in 2013. There is a link for teachers' notes which is also a bonus.
Overall, I loved this book. Congratulations to all concerned.
I know enough of Peter Macinnis to sit up and take notice when a new book of his is published! You may recall my review of Australian Backyard Naturalist. This meticulous researcher and entertaining writer has managed to produce yet another book that's been selected as a notable book in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.
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