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Dec 06 2019

Little Nic's big day by Nic Naitanui

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Illus. by Fatima Anaya. Allen and Unwin, 2019. ISBN: 9781760876876.
(Age: 5+). Highly recommended. Themes: Rhyming stories, Diversity, Multi-culturalism, Differences, New Beginnings, Schools. Little Nic's Big Day is written by well-known Australian AFL West Coast Eagles footballer, Nic Naitanui. This entertaining picture book begins with young Nic's apprehension about his first day at a new school and whether he will fit in. The clever rhyming text begins with conversations with Nic and his mother on what might happen at school. His mother reassures him as does his teacher when he is introduced in the classroom. Throughout the day Nic finds companions and settles into his new school. The story strongly promotes the theme of diversity and that being different is easily embraced in the school setting. The author sensitively reflects on what languages the classmates speak, the foods they eat and how different things make them happy.
The illustrations by Fatima Anaya are bold and brightly coloured. They beautifully complement the contemporary rhyming text where emphasis is placed on significant words on each page.
This picture book is a welcome addition to any school library especially at the start of the school year where children are entering new schools and new classes. Children often worry about being accepted in new situations. This book is an easy and entertaining read that may allay a little of that worry and will appeal to students of all ages. Little Nic's Big Day would also be a wonderful read celebrating Harmony Day.
Kathryn Beilby

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