Australia Illustrated: Book Review

Australia Illustrated by Tania McCartney. Explore Australia in picture form.Learn about Australia in picture form and discover interesting facts about each state, its people, and its icons.

Title: Australia Illustrated
Author: Tania McCartney
Illustrator: Tania McCartney
ISBN:9781925335880          Language: English

Classification: Non-fiction
Themes: Australia, culture, icons

What’s it about?
This is an illustrated guide to Australia. The book focuses on some general topics at the beginning before looking at each state independently.

No bulky text in this one – just pictures and labels. Illustrations are easily recognisable and includes people, places, maps, and objects.

It’s a heavy book (I have the hardcover version).

Australia Illustrated by Tania McCartney. Explore Australia in picture form.My Thoughts
I really like the idea behind this book as it does introduce a child or new arrival to some of the basics about Australia and each state. For those reading this review from outside Australia, each state and it’s people do tend to have some differing quirks and preferences along with pronuniciations.

I’ll focus on SA, since that’s my state. Firstly, awesome to see my city listed on there! The book has a page on the icons of Adelaide, and places/events – such as Semaphore Beach and the International Kite Fesitival. A page for our odd food preferences (though I’m a DARE coffee girl myself) many will recognise the smiley fritz and frog cakes! Wine has a page due to the state’s large viticulture farms. And a few other pages about the dug out houses up north close by the desert and a country show.

Basically it gives a very quick and broad overview. My only disappointment is that the northern part of the state is still the focus. We do have a wine region nearby where I live but Adelaide really takes the center stage as the capital.
I would use this one in the classroom to have my students create a page for different topics and say what they feel is SA (or whichever state they live in – or country if you live overseas). I think seeing what children associate with classic SA in food, drink, and places would be a fascinating activity.

Special thanks to EKBooks for the ARC.

What do you think?