Saturday, 18 October 2014

Picture Books

NZ Writer and illustrator

Raewyn Caisley, illustrated by Lisa Allen Auntie Ellie’s Beach House

Duck Creek Press 2014  $19.99pb 32pp
ISBN 978 1 8773 7896 6
Themes:  Baches/ Beach houses/ Coping with change/ Cribs/ Families/ Memories/ New Zealand seaside life
 For as long as she can remember Leyla and her family had spent their summer holidays at Auntie Ellie’s beach house. The smells and the sights and the sounds are all part of Leyla’s childhood and now Auntie Ellie calmly says she is going to sell the place and move because in her words ‘the city’s moving too close’. Leyla is devastated but on their last night Auntie Ellie shows her something that makes her realise that families are more important than the places they live.  The illustrations are full of scenes that will familiar to (hopefully) many New Zealand children and their carers and you can almost smell the smoke from the bonfire.  I am not sure what I feel about the different coloured fonts – it will be interesting to find out if children comment on them. 

Preschool up / Age 4 up

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