A Little Taste of Magic – Interview with Suzanne Barton

Zimbabwean-born, West Australian-raised, Melbourne-resident, Suzanne Barton , author of the deliciously magical picture book, 'Meeka', has certainly had her own little taste of culture. Besides her love of writing for children, Suzanne is also the editor of the City of Melbourne's 'Melbourne Magazine' and the creator of the radio drama, Neo Radio; inspired by 1940s cabaret. It is a delight to be able to chat with Suzanne Barton about her debut book. You can read my review here. Today I ask her a...
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Review: Meeka by Suzanne Barton and Anil Tortop

Meeka, Suzanne Barton (author), Anil Tortop (illus.), Bluebell Books, October 2017. Cooking, singing and a sense of community are a few of the big ‘ingredients’ mixed into this lively story. Debut author, Suzanne Barton’s words lyrically glide through the pages, adding a peppering of whimsical phrases, a sprinkle of rhyme and a dash of alliteration that young children will love to repeat. And the quickened tempo towards the end builds the playful drama, which Anil Tortop’s ebulliently rich il...
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Inspiring Global Citizens – the significance of multicultural literature

Guest Post By Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern is an author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her appreciation of travel and uniqueness of culture has been captured in the pages of her books. Writer of the fascinating Charlie's Adventure series, Jacqueline is here today to share her insights into the importance of multicultural literature. Thank you, Jacqueline! 😊 --------------------------------------- The art of storytelling is found in every cul...
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Review: Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins

Magic Fish Dreaming, June Perkins (author), Helene Magisson (illus.), Gumbootspearlz Press, 2016. “Listen to the fish. Listen to the water. Listen to the moonlight. Watch the twinkle, twinkle of the stars.” “If you ever found a fairy’s tooth what kind of magic do you think it would do?” If that description doesn't stir up evocative thoughts and imaginative wonders then I don't know what will. June Perkins and Helene Magisson’s Magic Fish Dreaming is a beautifully lyrical and illustri...
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