Crawford J & Fielding G. (2004). A Home for Bilby. Magabala Books
Author/illustrator information: A Home for Bilby has been written by Joanne Crawford and Illustrated by Grace Fielding. Joanne has spent several years researching ways to help students better understand Aboriginal culture and as such, this is the first of two books she has written which won the WA Premier's Children's Book Award. Grace Fielding has illustrated several books and has won the Crichton Award for Illustration. Book description: A Home for Bilby is about a Bilby that is looking for a new home and comes across a part of the Australian bush inhabited by Kangaroo, Emu, Koala, Wombat and Platypus. The animals tell Bilby about their homes, and after feeling sorry for him they eventually find their new friend Bilby a home. Evaluative comment: A Home for Bilby is a quality book winning the WA Premier’s Children’s Book Award in 2004. I like that while the book teaches children about Australia’s native animals and their habitats, it also teaches children how the Bilby is an endangered species. It's perfectly suited to its target audience of early to middle primary school students with an easy to follow story line and brilliantly illustrated aboriginal artwork that partners perfectly with the story. The rich vocabulary and sparkling illustrations help broaden language horizons and develop taste in art (Children’s literature briefly, pg. 180).
Classroom contexts: This book is appropriate for age groups 6-12. In the classroom I would read the story and talk about where native Australian animals live. Asking the students what they know about Bilbies, asking questions and discovering the answers together. As an art activity giving each child a cardboard bilby to paint with fine brushes to show their own interpretation of aboriginal artwork. This also reflects the Early Years Learning Framework Outcome 2 Children are connected with and contribute to their world this is evident during the...
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