Our Book Week slogan for 2016 is
Australia : Story Country
My friends and I have been talking about Australian themed books we can use to explore this slogan. Hello from nowhere was mentioned in our discussion so I bought it home to read.
This is a very special book and a great way to give city children a little insight into life in a remote corner of Australia. Read more about the inspiration for this book.
Eve lives at a roadhouse. The map on the final end paper shows the exact remote location somewhere in south western South Australia in the Nullabor desert.
Eve is a very self sufficient child but she desperately misses her grandmother and hopes one day she might come out to Nowhere for a visit. Eve has her animal friends, her cat called Livestock, and the regular visitors to the roadhouse - tourists, truck drivers and grey nomads. Eve writes to her Nan and the day she arrives (after such a long wait) is utterly joyous. Eve shares all the good things of her environment. Nan does have to leave at the end but she gives the promise of returning again very soon.
Take a look here for some teaching ideas to use with this book. You might like to look at my review of With Nan also illustrated by Karen Blair.
Other books we will explore this term include Are we there yet? by Alison Lester, Possum Magic by Mem Fox and Tom the outback mailman by Kristin Wiedenbach.