Review

The latest crop of Australian picture books have plenty to encourage imaginations to take flight

By Stephanie Owen Reeder
August 31 2019 - 5:00am
An illustration from Going To The Footy, by Debbie Coombes
An illustration from Going To The Footy, by Debbie Coombes

Picture books present difficult and unusual subjects to children in a meaningful and inventive way that encourages their imaginations to take flight. In Ella and the Ocean (Allen & Unwin. 32 pp. $24.99), Lian Tanner and Jonathan Bentley convincingly convey the despair of those living on the land during a drought, as they handfeed their cattle and pray for life-giving rain.

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