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Jul 24 2015

Summer Rain by Ros Moriarty

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Ill. by Balarinji. Allen & Unwin, 2015. ISBN 9781760112110
(Age: Junior primary) Themes: Aboriginal environment; Weather. Summer Rain is a bright picture book that reveals the transformation of the rainy season in Northern Australia. There is a simple text, written in a lovely poetic style without pattern, but using language for effect. A single word is highlighted on each page - usually a verb, with the exception on the last page. This book could be used for very young children and to highlight how the environment changes with rain. The illustrations are from Balarinji, an Indigenous design studio and they are brilliant. Vibrant colours appear on every page and shadows are used to add interest. A final page includes a translation of the text into Yanyuwa language from Borroloola, NT.
Carolyn Hull

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