Our Country: Where History Happened

Judges Comments

Another outstanding contribution to the story of our country by this prolific and brilliant duo. Beautifully and comprehensively told in distinctive style and incorporating much significant historical information, this is a colourful feast for the eyes. The front and back endpapers illustrate a timeline of noteworthy historical events, with each location also including the names of the traditional owners of the land. It includes a strong focus on First Nations history and wider aspects of Australian culture, identity and history, including reference to the Dutch (Dirk Hartog), Chinese history, and female history. With three types of side-by -side story it cleverly provides readers with different levels of language and accessibility. The artistic style is very appealing and child-friendly and the reader is invited to visit the many corners of Australia where history is calling.

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