Join the Library Conference Day, Monday 16th July for the fabulous South West Region for Teacher librarians at Breakfree International Hotel Chapel Road Bankstwon.
Thankyou to Jennifer Dyer at Birrong Girls High School and Debbie Van de Meer at Cecil Hills High School
for inviting me to speak as:-
an ambassador for the National Year of Reading 2012
to share ‘Ships in the Field’
Looking forward to catching up with Victor Davidson teacher and storyteller extra-ordinaire who support kids and reading.
Review: Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay & Anna Pignataro
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
Reviewer: Jenny Mounfield
With issues of immigration featuring heavily in news headlines over the past year, the release of this title couldn’t be more timely. Ships in the Field concerns one family’s experience of migration as seen through the eyes of a child. Forced from their homeland by war, the unnamed child and her parents embrace a new life in Australia. Once a farmer, Papa now works in a factory, while Ma, a teacher, takes in sewing. Despite the horror of the past and the unknown future ahead, this family is a joyful one—though something is still missing for our child narrator.
In these two heart-felt sentences, Gervay captures the child’s perspective beautifully:
“Papa grew up in a village in the old country, before it was broken.
Ma grew up in a city in the old country, before it was broken.”
By using deceptively subtle wording and misdirection, Gervay expertly conveys the war that still haunts this familAdd a Comment