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Book Review: Precious Little by Julie Hunt - Reviewed by Larissa (18 Jul 2011)
Under a big bright and colourful circus tent there are a great many wonders and attractions to see. There are exciting contortionists who twist and tumble, there are thrilling fire-eaters who shock and amaze, and there are fun games on the sideshow such as the lucky dip. But the most spectacular of all found under the Big Top are the acrobats who fly through the air.
On the very fringe, way down on the ground, in the shadows is found a little girl. This is Precious Little. She watches as the acrobats fly and dreams of one day flying herself. But she is no more then their assistant, cleaning their shoes and sewing stars onto their costumes. However that all changes one-day when Precious Little takes a chance risking all for her dream.
Precious Little is a beautiful and endearing character who has big dreams and high hopes for a future that seems out of her grasp. She learns that sometime it is worth the risk to go for your dreams, for without trying no dreams will come true. A beautiful, bright and precious book that shows some dreams really do come true.
Book Review: Precious Little by Julie Hunt - Reviewed by Rhishy (11 Apr 2011)
Precious Little is a beautiful story told in fairytale like fashion, that captures your heart and pulls on its strings. The plot is very similar to Cinderella’s dilemma, a young girl stuck in a miserable life of cleaning duties when all she has ever dreamed of is to be centre stage. But in this story, Precious Little is part of the circus performers called the Light Fantastics, her dream of being an aerial performer seems a distant memory as she is stuck cleaning shoes, sewing costumes and retrieving fallen sequins. Yet, her good friends, Fat Chance and Tough Luck have faith in her ability and offer her the opportunity to try out her skills on a rope stretched across the top of their lucky dip and her world as she knows it begins to change.
On every page there is an explosion of colour and movement.Look out for when Precious Little tumbles and Gaye Chapman’s illustrations are spun around sideways and upside down, making the reader turn the book this way and that, spinning and twirling like the best circus act. The text is also magical, arranged in swirls and curls, dancing along ribbons and galloping through the sky.
I would highly recommend this delightful, whimsical book for young children who dare to dream and dare to fly. The moral of Precious Little, if you believe in your dreams, are willing to try your hardest, take a risk and never give up you can succeed with stunning results.
Julie Hunt and Sue Moss are great collaborators. Some of their projects include Brave Arts - the Art of Healthy Community, a CD for the Department of Health and Human Services, a public art commission for Sorell District School library, and poetry and images for the exhibition 'Will the Real Australia please stand up?'. Julie Hunt is the author of the Little Else series and The Coat, which is being illustrated by Ron Brooks. Sue Moss is a poet, performer and reviewer. Precious Little is her first children's book. Both live in southern Tasmania. Gaye Chapman is a fine artist who uses various techniques in her artwork. She used sepia ink line drawings, acrylic ink and collage to create the Precious Little's world. Gaye's picture book, Little Blue, was the winner of the Children's Book Award in the 2009 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. She has illustrated other picture books including Kaito's Cloth by Glenda Millard, which was shortlisted in the 2007 Qld Premier's Awards and was selected in The 2007 White Ravens Outstanding International Books for Children.
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