Saturday, July 14, 2018

Walker Books - Educational Stories

The Day War Came - Nicola Davies & Rebecca Cobb

"A powerful and necessary picture book – the journey of a child forced to become a refugee when war destroys everything she has ever known." - Walker Books Aus

This story features a Syrian child who loses absolutely everything during the bombing of her city. She is forced to journey on her own to seek refuge.  The illustrations are absolutely stunning, right up there with the best I've seen.  Deceptively simple and totally evocative.  The poem is heartrending, truly capturing a sense of loss and trauma. 

I would venture to call this one a sophisticated picture book.  The subject matter is just too big for my little peops right now.  I love this as an addition to our collection, and look forward to sharing it with the kids when they're older - when I'm more prepared to answer questions that arise (starting with, what happened to the little girl's family?). 

Truly the most gorgeous book, and one I will be saving for just the right time.

Currently available.

The Happiness Box, a Wartime Book of Hope - Mark Greenwood & Andrew McLean

"With this picture book, award winners Mark Greenwood and Andrew McLean bring to life the inspirational true story of a book that became a National Treasure." - Walker Books Aus

Another war-themed story.  This time a historical account of Australian prisoners of war held in Changi Prison, Singapore.  The prisoners create a beautiful array of handmade toys, meant to be gifted to children in Changi.  One soldier produces a book, that later becomes a national treasure.  Beautifully told and illustrated, this is a lovely story about the strength of the human spirit.

Again though, I probably will leave this off our reading list for the time being.  While it's an interesting story, and undeniably beautiful, the pacifist in me is keen to hold off on war-centred stories for a wee while yet.

Available August 1st.

Backyard - Ananda Braxton-Smith & Lizzy Newcomb

"In Backyard, critically acclaimed Australian author Ananda Braxton-Smith and fine artist Lizzy Newcomb team up to present a lush, lyrical picture book about all the life that children can find in a suburban backyard." - Walker Books Aus

Not strictly educational, but a perfect read for nature enthusiasts.  Backyard features a beautiful and lyrical poem, packed with evocative poetic language. The illustrations nicely accompany the story.  While not delicate depictions, these paintings have depth and detail that suits the text.  Kids will love the rich vocabulary and dreamy imagery of Backyard.

Available August 1st.

Bonkers About Beetles - Owen Davey

"Owen Davey’s popular non-fiction series continues with a captivating and stunningly illustrated guide to these six-legged insects." - Walker Books Aus

Epic, stylized drawings and every fun fact you could hope for.  This book was designed for Garland.  The layout is clever, with an info-graphic feel.  There are tasks to complete as you go, perfect for putting your new knowledge to the test.  Flying Eye Books consistently produce clever and beautiful books.  Bonkers About Beetles has their trademark matte pages, textured cover, and awesome content.  The kind of book you could get lost in for hours.  A big win in our household.

Available August 1st.

All books kindly provided by Walker Books Aus.

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