#BookReview: We’re All in This Together by Skye Hughes and Alice Coates

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#BookReview:

We’re All in This Together, Skye Hughes (author), Alice Coates (illus.), Dean Publishing, November 2020.

Blurb:

School friends – Kiana, Amin, Roshan, Casey, Ming and Tyler all have one thing in common – they can’t go to school. The world changed very quickly and now they have to stay home to keep themselves and their families and friends safe. They discover that even apart, they can find new and fun ways to be together.

At a time when the world looks a little different, this encouraging story promises young readers an opportunity to reflect on their own experience of this unique moment in history while promoting resilience and unity.

Review:

The biggest piece of history this century that the whole globe can, in unison, claim, is the pandemic of 2020. Whilst our individual experiences of lockdown may have varied, we can surely say that we’ve all done this together. What I love about this book is its positive approach to building a resilient generation of children, who, no doubt, have been through their own challenges in some form or another. Skye Hughes, author of the delightfully fun and heart-warming We’re All in This Together, strongly advocates for this sense of unity, kinship and kindness; the very support needed to manage this trying time. Her book also acts as a reflective tool for the year that was. It provides such strong links between text to self and text to the world!

In We’re All in This Together, we are introduced to six school friends, and journey with each of them as they navigate a ‘new normal’ during the lockdown period. Although apart, Kiana, Amin, Roshan, Casey, Ming and Tyler find fun ways to connect, and even pick up a new skill or two. Skye Hughes’ snippets into the friends’ worlds includes the realities of hygiene and social practices, but at the same time illuminating with warmth that reminds children not to have fear of others, or their surroundings. “She watched the old man closely as the skin around his eyes wrinkled, and his eyes shone down at her. He was smiling back.”

Skye Hughes doesn’t discount the real emotions of loneliness, longing, boredom or disappointment, but the characters’ short stories are full of hope and brightness that offer practical strategies and perhaps even scenarios that readers experienced themselves. Like Ming, who celebrated her birthday in lockdown – whilst upset she could no longer have a party with her friends, receipt of presents and phone calls made the day equally as special. There is a beautiful underlying sentiment of gratitude, appreciation, love and a can-do attitude, all the while reminding us “We’re all in this together.”

Illustrator Alice Coates brings all the colourful and diverse characters and their time at home together, with her friendly and quirky style and touches of details that we can relate to (like the teddy and rainbow in the window). The use of white backgrounds and a mixture of bright vignettes and full pages gives the space to absorb each scene and the context of each character’s story. The design and narrative structure allows for a self-paced read and time to discuss and share the readers’ own experiences.

A special page at the end is allocated for your own self-expression and feelings; a wonderful keepsake to reflect back on this time in history. Interactive, downloadable material can also be accessed via Skye’s website at www.skyehughes.com.au/shop.

We’re All in This Together is a rewarding picture book that is highly recommended for every home and early to middle years school classroom, as a treasured reminder of all the achievements, skills learnt, friendships kept and made, and your own path to self-growth and resilience. What a way to end the unique year that was 2020! We did it! 😊

Review by Romi Sharp

Follow Skye Hughes at these links:

Website: https://www.skyehughes.com.au/

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We’re All in This Together is available to purchase at Skye Hughes’ website.


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Touched by an Angel: ‘Feathers’ on Tour with Karen Hendriks

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How wonderful to welcome back the talented Karen Hendriks for another book campaign, this time celebrating the long-awaited release of her absolutely touching and uplifting picture book, Feathers! This is both a gentle and powerful story of love, life, loss and the power of memory. Come fly away with us on this heart-warming journey. x


A little bit about Karen Hendriks

Karen Hendriks is a free spirit with a love for stories and words. Karen’s story imagination glimmers and shines like an opal, waiting to be polished into words!  She is a children’s author based on the NSW South Coast, living in a seaside village where she often swims in an ocean pool and writes at one of the local cafes. Her repertoire of writing spans from picture books to junior fiction and middle grade, as well as teaching writing to children. Her stories are full of heart, and are also quirky, warm, funny and tender. Her secret story partner is Elmo, a little Moodle who is always by her side.

​Karen is a proud ambassador for Books in Homes; an organisation that helps give books to students in disadvantaged schools. Karen visits schools and believes stories help children create their own kind of wonderful for themselves.

Go Away, Foxy Foxy was recently released with Daisy Lane Publishing  – visit the book campaign here. Home will be published with Daisy Lane Publishing in 2022.

Her picture book, Feathers, has just been released with Empowering Resources, and we are honoured to share in the launch celebrations of this stunning title!

Follow Karen at these links:

Website: www.karenhendriks.com

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

A little bit about Kim Fleming

Kim can vividly remember being amazed at the age of 4 when she mixed red and white together and got pink. It was magic!

Her mastery of pink led Kim to many other colours, and a love of art began.

A move to Melbourne, led Kim to discover the glorious world of children’s book illustration… and she often declares that she has ‘the best job in the world’.

She loves using layers of collage and watercolour washes, and creating sweet, heartwarming characters. She also sometimes uses ink, acrylics and hand-carved stamps.

 

Follow Kim at her website: www.kimflemingillustration.com

 

Learn more about Feathers by Karen Hendriks and Kim Fleming in this book profile video… 

In case you missed it… The advert trailer of the beautiful, empowering picture book, Feathers

Feathers is available to purchase at Empowering Resources | Booktopia.


Float away with us; Karen Hendriks and her stunning picture book, Feathers, will be appearing at the following media sources…

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Karen Hendriks and Go Away, Foxy Foxy are Very Welcome Here!

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Karen Hendriks is such a delightful, generous and passionate writer in the kidlit world, and it is our real pleasure to have her join us this week for the celebration of her gorgeous picture book release – Go Away, Foxy Foxy! This is a story that is absolutely enchanting, with strong messages of courage, teamwork and problem solving. Enjoy our upcoming week of heartwarming and insightful moments, and there’s sure to be a few giggles along the way, too! Let’s have a BLAST! 🙂


A little bit about Karen Hendriks

Karen Hendriks is a former primary teacher turned children’s author who lives in a small seaside village in Shellharbour. Her favourite kind of books are picture books, because she adores how words and pictures join together to create story magic. Her stories are full of heart, and are also quirky, warm, funny and tender.  Karen also writes junior fiction and middle grade stories and teaches writing to children. Her secret story partner is Elmo, a little Moodle who is always by her side.

​Karen is a proud ambassador for Books in Homes; an organisation that helps give books to students in disadvantaged schools. Karen visits schools and believes stories help children create their own kind of wonderful for themselves.

Her picture book, Feathers, will be released in 2020 with Empowering Resources, and Home will be published with Daisy Lane Publishing in 2022.

Recently, Go Away, Foxy Foxy was released with Daisy Lane Publishing, and we are thrilled to be able to share in the promotion of this gorgeous book!

Follow Karen at these links:

Website: www.karenhendriks.com

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Learn more about Karen Hendriks as she speaks on video about her writing life and books…

In case you missed it… The book trailer of the empowering picture book, Go Away Foxy Foxy…

Go Away, Foxy Foxy is available to purchase at Daisy Lane Publishing | Booktopia.


Let’s have a blast with Karen Hendriks and her sweet and empowering picture book, Go Away, Foxy Foxy, with special appearances at the following media sources…

 

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Blimey! What a Bonzer Book Blog Tour with Bruno!

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Blimey! That was totally bonzer! What a book – brimming with the best alliteration, awesome Aussie slang and dinky-di Australiana life! It contains beautiful messages in friendship and the notions that ‘money can’t buy happiness’ and the importance of having a place to call home. The Bruno the Boisterous Blue Dog from the Bush blog tour has been nothing but brilliant with the openness and creativity of its author, Robyn Osborne! You beauty! 😉

You can bounce your way back to Bruno’s bushwhacking fun by bounding across to this archived page here.

Special thanks to Robyn for your infectious enthusiasm and compelling contributions and support to Books On Tour! It’s been such a fun trip around the great land of Oz and engaging with your rollicking narrative.

ALSO! We’d like to thank our brilliant book bloggers for being valuable mates and supporters of the tour… Dimity Powell at Kids’ Book Review, Vanessa Ryan at Educate. Empower, Melissa Gijsbers at Read For Fun, Boomerang Books, Norah Colvin at readilearn, Michelle Worthington at Share Your StoryRobert Vescio and Amanda Barrett at Mrs B’s Book Reviews!

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And finally, there is still time to enter the ‘Bruno Big Book Giveaway Bonanza!‘ to WIN this bumptious book – Bruno the Boisterous Blue Dog from the Bush by Robyn Osborne and John Phillips, courtesy of Big Sky Publishing!

Click the image to enter. Good luck! 🙂


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