Children’s Book Week review – M is for Mutiny! History by Alphabet by John Dickson and Bern Emmerichs
This book is shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, which is the category for children’s non-fiction books, and was also included in the The Age’s list of brilliant kids books from 2017.
The book does not shy away from the sadder parts of our history, beginning with ‘A is for acknowledgement to country’ and covering ‘L is for land rights’ and ‘R is for reconciliation’, in addition to other significant events regarding the effects of European occupation on Aboriginal Australians. There are teachers’ notes available for anyone who wants to delve further into this book, which is recommended for ages 7+
My nine year old also enjoyed this book: “This book has good illustrations. My favourite picture is E for Endeavour. It is good for all ages and teaches history very well. We are studying Captain Cook at school but I learnt something new about him from this book”.
You can reserve this book from Cockburn Libraries for an interesting, educational read!
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