Country Town

Judges Comments

An absolutely invaluable resource this decade-by-decade history of a fictional Australian country town is extensively researched and beautifully illustrated. The story of the town is very real and child focused. The colour palette is varied and reflects each decade, with intricate detail in every scene. The fascinating changes shown in the town through each decade reflects the changes happening in Australian society. Both text and illustrations encourage interaction, with readers being asked to find particular details in the intricate illustrations and to consider issues raised. We are taken on a fascinating journey which begins in the camp of a First Nations clan and concludes in the present day. Major themes and significant issues including land rights, immigration and climate change are woven into the narrative. Primary sources, including first-hand accounts, bring history to life and stimulate further research. A Timeline provides a useful history of major developments in the town.

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