Now unless you have been moonlighting as Don Burke (my shameful little dream) a woman doesn’t often to get to write about plants; more specifically, young children’s books with a planty theme. Oh yes, you may have gazed upon plants, foraged among them, tip toed, cavorted or crushed them like the brute you are beneath your feet but how often does one get to write about them? Their majesty, their allure, their chlorophyll delight. DON’T get me started on chlorophyll but it’s enough to say that a plant is an unending field of succulent wonder. DID YOU KNOW?- 90 percent...Read More
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Nick Sharratt is Hairy Zero Cool You’re hearing it FIRST from me!! Nick Sharratt is Hairy Zero Cool. He’s The Berries and Fully Darb. I can’t spend all day educating you in internet slang but just for you newbies it means double awesome and he very definitely IS! When a young children’s writer uses words like Zoopermarket and Fangtastic then you know he’s the bomb. An intrepid author who puts baa-lambs in bras and hairy caterpillars in bobble hats. You want to see an adorable brown bunny with an awesome overbite? Nick Sharratt is your man. Enough chitter-chatterpillars ( A Sharrattism)....Read More
For the month of February I was able to disappear from Perth and run away to Italy for four weeks. My first stop was Turin (Torino). Turin is one of the larger cities of Italy it used to be the main political city of Italy. It is an important business and cultural hub center. Turin is located in the north of Italy which is the capital of the Piedmont region. Turin is well known for its cultural attributes including art galleries, museums, operas and palaces. Things I loved and recommend about discovering in Turin: The culture The ancient buildings, piazzas and history The food The...Read More
Storytime with Shantelle: The delights of Indigenous picture book are endless… The thing I usually love the most about Indigenous picture books is the beautiful artlessness of the stories; a gentle building up of insights and observations. I always find the stories to be gentle and rather calming with almost Buddhist like observations in regards to time and the natural world. This makes sense when one considers that Indigenous stories ask the reader to connect with nature; not control or destroy it. I like that Indigenous picture books often celebrate the history and culture of Aboriginal people. I now know...Read More
Cockburn Libraries by the numbers – February Hi everyone and a big welcome to the 682 new members this month – Hello! During February you guys loaned over 54,000 items, had 4,300 computer sessions and 1,700 of you attended our adult and junior programs. Nice work everyone! View this infographic on...Read More
“Travelling – it leaves you speechless then turns you into a storyteller.” My yearning for travel began when I was a very young girl. My parents are both immigrants from Italy and so were my Grandparents. My Grandparents came to Australia to escape the aftermath of World War 2 in the 1940’s and of course the ongoing issues of economic depression. They left behind their home, their family, friends and the culture. Since I was 4 years old I have travelled back to Italy and endured the 21 hour plane ride on many occasions to visit my family. In 2014 I had...Read More
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