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Australia is an immigrant nation with many stories. Award-winning author Susanne Gervay and award-winning illustrator Anna Pignataro are part of that immigrant and refugee story. Susanne's parents were post-war Hungarian refugees who migrated to Australia. Anna's parents were postwar Italian refugees who migrated to Australia.
In a unique collaboration, Susanne and Anna have created a moving and significant picture book, Ships in the Field. It crosses boundaries in a universal recognition that children are part of the journey of war, migration, loss and healing. Through warmth, humour, pathos and story within story, it breaks the silence, engaging children, families and community.
Buy Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
Book DetailsISBN: 9781921665233
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Book Review: Ships in the Field by Susanne Gervay - Reviewed by Sheepcoate (21 Dec 2013)
Ships in the Field is quite an interesting story and there is something for adults and children alike.
The story is about a young girl who was brought up during the war, when the war outbreaks they are told that they need to move and hence the trip and adventure of the immigrant family on the ship.
The story is most definitely interesting although there are some aspects that young children may not understand. History lessons can be good and the book can take that form. There has been particular care given to the illustrations to create the right feel. Worth a read.
Susanne Gervay is recognised for her writing on social justice. Her bestselling books include her Jack books - I Am Jack, Super Jack and Always Jack and young adult novel Butterflies. Winner of the Crichton Award in 1998, Anna Pignataro has created over forty books for children. Shortlisted by the CBCA and YABBA, many of her books are Notables. The bestselling Always, Together and Princess and Fairy are published in eleven countries and enjoyed in seven languages.
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