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Book Review: Look See, Look at Me by Leonie Norrington - Reviewed by Rhishy (28 May 2011)
Leonie Norrington has written a great book targeted at a young child’s way of looking at the world that they live in. Dee Huxley's illustrations were beautiful and showed a realistic portrait of a happy go lucky Aboriginal child, their lifestyle and the community that he/she belonged too.
I found that this book allowed my children to go on a journey of self discovery to learn about themselves, their personality traits, interests, hobbies, family lifestyle, friendships and sense of belonging to a local community. The sentences are short and simple, “I'm so much bigger now I'm three. I can run, I can jump, I can skip, I can bump...”. My children really liked to have a go at read the sentences on their own. It also lead to us brainstorming a list of rhyming words, including: see-me, jump-bump and put them into sentences. “See me fly.” We then jumped around the house, ran on the spot, skipped etc. My children loved this book so much they wanted me to read it to them, again and again and again
Leonie Norrington was born in Darwin, the third of nine children, and grew up at Barunga Aboriginal community, south of Katherine. Leonie works full-time as a journalist and writer. Her books include Woman's Talk, Under the Mango Tree, and Tropical Food Gardens. Her children's books include The Devil You Know, The Barrumbi Kids, Croc Bait, The Spirit of Barrumbi, The Last Muster (all published by Omnimbus/Scholastic) and her first collaboration with Dee Huxley, You and me: Our Place, published in 2007 by Working Title Press. Dee Huxley has been illustrating picture books for many years and is now one of the most popular and well-known illustrators in Australia. Her work is displayed in galleries nationally and internationally. She was shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award for her illustrations in Mr Nick's Knitting in 1989, Rain Dance in 2001 and Tom Tom in 2009.
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