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Feb 20 2018

In the city I see by Tori-Jay Mordey

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Magabala Books, 2018. ISBN 9781925360790
(Ages: 0-3) Themes: Cities. Board Book. These Young Art books (other titles are At the beach I see, At the zoo I see) are simple but beautiful with each illustrated by a different Indigenous artist. They contain simple descriptions of the everyday that will encourage discussion between reader and child. This one uses a painterly art style, with bright colours bringing the city sights to life. Both moving (walking dogs, hungry pigeons) and static (big signs, tall buildings) elements are included and are things that every child will notice when driving or walking through the city.
The illustrations capture the diversity of Australian cities and how Indigenous culture is represented within them (there are Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags flying on the top of a building, there is a busker playing the didgeridoo and a dot style painting on the side of a bus).
This is a great book for children living in rural and regional areas, who may not be familiar with city sights, as well as for those living in urban areas.
Nicole Nelson

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