I’m Australian Too By Mem Fox

 

 

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Australia Day is just around the corner and even for those of us who struggle a little with celebrating this on the date we do, this is a fabulous book to read!

Summary:

In a few, brief, rhyming pages, Mem Fox manages to say so much. Each page is dedicated to an Australian from a different background, from multi-generational Aussies, to Aboriginal Australians, to immigrants and finally, a refugee, still awaiting acceptance.

Why I love it:

This book is a beautiful, compassionate and sensitive look at one of the elements that makes Australia so wonderful, whilst also touching on a subject that still needs a lot of attention. The page dedicated to the refugee awaiting entry, made me cry, which was unfortunate as I was reading the book whilst in a children’s play centre!!

The illustrations, by Ronojoy Ghosh are colourful and engaging and beautifully compliment the text.

This is such a perfect book to read with your children and open a discussion about diversity, adversity and the benefits of our wonderful multicultural country.

It would also be a terrific way to focus on world geography – go through the pages with an Australian map and a world map on hand and locate all the different countries the children have come from and all the different cities they live in now.

 

Themes to discuss with your child:

  • What it means to be Australian
  • Diversity
  • Adversity
  • The phrase ‘The lucky country’
  • Multiculturalism
  • Acceptance
  • Difference
  • Australia’s history
  • War
  • Friendship
  • Refugees
  • Immigration
  • Politics
  • World geography
  • Australian geography
  • Kindness and compassion

Questions to ask your child:

Before reading:
  • What do you think this book might be about?
  • Do you think this is a fiction book (a story) or a non-fiction book (facts)?
  • Is this a book you want to read? Why/why not?
  • What does the medal on the cover, say? What do you think this means?
  • How many children are pictured on the cover?
  • Who wrote this book? Can you think of any other books by the same author?
After reading:
  • Did you enjoy this story? Why/why not?
  • Which page did you like the best? Why?
  • Which page is the most like your own story?
  • Which page (if any) made you feel a little sad? Why?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this book?
  • What do you think is the best thing about having country filled with people from all over the world?

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