This colourful and fun filled board book is the perfect read aloud for preschoolers, especially those who love sport and ball games. Each page is packed with action, showcasing the skills of the game, and the friendship and collaborative spirit inherent in team sport. Playing with friends, having fun, trying your best, and cheering for your team mates when they do something great on the field are important social emotional attributes articulated throughout the text. Children will see themselves represented in the story through the diversity of the characters, with the bright, cartoon style images encouraging all young readers to participate in the sport. With the FIFA Women’s World Cup being held in Australia and New Zealand this year, this celebration of ‘the beautiful game’ is both timely and engaging, and will hopefully inspire a new generation of socceroos!
Supporting teaching themes could include soccer, team sports, perseverance, friendship, persistence, socceroos, FIFA World Cup, women in sport.
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Published by Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Australia.
Release date 7 February 2023
ISBN: 9781761048883 (BB)
Highly recommended ages 3 - 5.
Fierce Girls is a uniquely Australian book celebrating five women who have inspired recent generations, both young and old, to follow their dreams, strive for excellence and continue breaking down barriers. The women included in the book come from different backgrounds and are involved in different fields of endeavour, but the one thing they all have in common is their determination to achieve despite the challenges they faced. From politics to surfing, tennis to stage performance, and writing, each has achieved many highlights in their careers, with more still to come. Samantha Turnbull's text is very accessible and engaging with some really interesting, and perhaps not so well known anecdotes, about the early lives and careers of the five. Kim Siew's artwork is bold and bright, almost like a graphic novel, with speech bubbles and images that represent the essence of each story - the perfect way to represent these bold and bright women. And 'fierce' is such an apt description of these women who believed in themselves and never accepted 'no' as an option! There are other books out there describing female pioneers like the Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls series, but none that are dedicated solely to our gutsy and spirited Australian female ground breakers. Originally an ABC podcast series, I'm hoping Fierce Girls is just the first in a series of similar books about Australian women. This is a must have for all school library Biography sections.
Use this book for Upper Primary and Secondary students when looking at biographies and discussing famous people, famous women, famous Australians. Themes to be explored could include resilience, risk taking, politics, sport, acting, indigenous Australians and literature.
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Published 2022 by Five Mile.
ISBN 9781922677051 (HB)
Recommended for ages 8 - 14
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