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Jan 29 2014

Australia's Greatest People & their Achievements by Linsay Knight

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Random House Australia Children's, 2013. ISBN 9780857980205.
Recommended for Middle/Upper Primary. Here is one of those very useful books which can earn a place on the library shelves or for an award prize with equal ease.
Very attractively packaged and with loads of information on people from both historical and contemporary times, it's a perfect book for dipping into or for students to find the first 'kick off' for a biographical research project.
As well as both brief and fuller informational text, quotes, break out boxes and quick fact pages are interspersed throughout. Broken up into sections from Pioneering Australians to the Arts to Science to Social Justice and more, this covers a wide range of both well known Australian achievers as well as those not so well known - something I found particularly interesting.
Along with the companion book Australia's Greatest Inventions & Innovations, this comprehensive text would be a very useful addition to primary school libraries in particular.
Sue Warren

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