10 March 2012

Australian Story: an illustrated timeline . . . GIVEAWAY

Greetings all,
Welcome to the Australian Story: an illustrated timeline BLOG tour.  Author Tania McCartney has presented the history of Australia to children in such a clever way . . . bold images from the National Library of Australia's digital collection, a running timeline along the bottom of each page, dates & details highlighting this country's milestones.  The book instantly captures children's attention . . . from the chunk of Gondwanaland, dinosaurs & first plants.  Give your primary school aged child some perspective about where they fit in to life & they are the key to what happens next.
 
 Things start to get really interesting when Indigenous people arrive in Australia & the land masses break off (good bye New Guinea) & hello Warrigal (dingo). 
 Never under estimate children's love of facts & figures, they'll be quizzing you. 
 Q: Which European disovered Australia first?? 
A: Dutch explorer Willem Jansz in 1606. 
Australia was called New Holland when James Cook landed in 1770 to claim it for Great Britain.  Then the first fleet came with Arthur Phillip & convicts on 26th January 1788 - Australia Day - first celebrated in 1838 with fireworks, lamingtons, Union Jack car flags & a BBQ, maybe not, this is non fiction.  Anyway, you'll ace Australian trivia after reading this book. 
 We were lucky enough to attend Tania's entertaining book launch at the NLA, where she read to the children & involved them in a human time line: my 3rd girl was Captain Cook & my son was a 1956 Melbourne Olympics team member!!
This book is filled with inventions, currency, sports, gold rushes, World Heritage sites & achievements, all the big names are in it too - explorers Flinders, MacQuarie, Stuart, Burke, Wills; Holden cars + Phar Lap, the world's greatest racehorse.  You'll have flash backs to childhood history projects & it's a neat quick reference guide, a book, who knew, you don't have to google everything!!  Tania McCartney, making history cool for children, 47B years, $24.95, order here
Want to win a copy??  Just follow this blog & leave a comment here, closes midnight Sunday 18th March.  Good luck, love Posie

21 comments:

Michelle said...

This book sounds great, please enter me! Hope your hands are feeling a lttle better today x

Tania McCartney said...

So lovely to visit you on my blog tour, Miss Posie! Thank you so much for hosting me - and I hope the winner of this comp adores the book! xx

melissa said...

What fantastic resource on Australian history. I'll keep an eye out for it.

Jane said...

How brilliant, Jennie. I have been looking for a book like this for a very long time. I can't wait to introduce the pixies to it, whether I won or not! J x

Jan-Maree said...

this would be great for a young friend of mine who lives in america. I am a follower of course and thanks for the chance to win!

sue niven said...

I would love to give a copy to the kids at our school. Love it! Thanks for the chance to win!

murphycl1 said...

hmmm, think I spotted you and the kidlets at the markets this morning. Aren't they fabulous?

Tania's book would be the perfect addition to our family library. Would love to win a copy.

Claire

Posie Patchwork said...

Ha, busted at the Farmer's Market, yes, stocking up on fruit, breads & dips, ok, & spring rolls!! My chidren were my produce carrying slaves, these wrists are so handy!! Love Posie

The Humming Cat said...

Sounds like a good read, something my 12 year old would get into. They are doing history at school starting with Burke and Wills, think I could do with a refresher too.

polkadotpeticoat said...

I loved your goodies post with hubby....and just look at your daughters face priceless!

Woollybutt Hill said...

Looks terrific. It will be a great basis for Australian History now that I am embarking on homeschooling and my boys need to learn about their Australian Heritage.

Woollybutt Hill.

Catriona Hoy said...

I love the inclusion of the science aspects too. It sounds fascinating Tania.

A Red Ham said...

This book sounds fantastic. I would love to win it, however, I think I will have to buy it even if I don't

A Red Ham said...

This book sounds fantastic. I would love to win it, however, I think I will have to buy it even if I don't

Bron said...

Oh yes please ....what a great tool for my school aged kids to use over and over again. Thanks for sharing. xx

ally said...

Looks like a ripper Jennie

Lib said...

Me me me. Me me me!!!
Would be a great book to take on our road trips :)
Great to see you're getting back to normal....

Sally said...

This book looks fantastic and perfect for my Kiwi-Aussie kids! (and their parents could learn a thing or two from it too ;-))

Tania McCartney said...

Thanks for your lovely comments, everyone - and good luck with the giveaway!

Posie Patchwork said...

Congratulations to The Humming Cat as the successful winner of this giveaway, love Posie

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