#BookReview: Verityville; Girl on the Road by Elizabeth Mary Cummings and Johanna Roberts

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Verityville: Girl on the Road, Elizabeth Mary Cummings (author), Johanna Roberts (illus.), EC Press, October 2020.

Blurb:

Noisy cars, long road blocks, and busy building sites are all just part of life for the people who work on the road.

Join the women and girls on the road as they direct traffic, supervising the safe transportation of people and freight every day.

Review:

I love the concept of the Verityville series. Ordinary people we, and our children, come across every day – those ‘unsung heroes’, if you will, working hard to serve the community, maintain order, and help preserve the environment that we all need to share. These neat, little concept books, including The Sweetest Lollipop Lady in the World, The Garbage Guy, Hair Magic, Fiona the Lifeguard in Brave and Strong All Day Long, and Mrs T. and the Magic Pencil, fit perfectly into little hands and as a complete series, on your home or school bookshelf! The stories are not aimed at glamourising these jobs, as such, but more about raising awareness of the roles and reinforcing an appreciation for the goodwill and value they add to our society. Challenging gender stereotypes is another deeper facet that encourages a greater respect for the women in some of these heavily male-dominated roles.

An example of this is Elizabeth Mary Cummings’ latest release in the series; Girl on the Road. Through a fun ‘slice of life’ narrative with rhyming couplets, and including the concept of opposites, Cummings’ simple language appeals to the toddler and preschool-aged market; introducing her readers to women and girls who help with a range of road works. From lifting freight – “Woman on the road, Lifting the load.” “Up” “Down”, to supervising transportation – “Left” “Right”, managing traffic control – “Stop” “Go”, and assisting with deliveries – “Big delivery trucks. Beep when stuck.” “Full” “Empty”. Large, clear font and plenty of space, accompanied by Johanna Roberts’ bright and colourful, character friendly and detailed line and watercolour-style illustrations make for an engaging and palpable read.

Girl on the Road, along with the other Verityville books, provide scope for terrific discussion points amongst readers and their caregivers, as well as the ability for valuable language experiences when out and about themselves. The pictures in this title showcase realistic objects and scenes, such as different kinds of vehicles, road signs, traffic cones (or witches’ hats), construction site materials and even appropriate uniforms / safety gear for workers. The book is also complete with a handy glossary of all the opposites and traffic terms.

Eye-opening, rolling-good fun for truck and construction enthusiasts, and an encouraging sense of community, friendship and role models – perfect for children from age two and up.

Review by Romi Sharp.

Girl on the Road


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Writing Books and Verityville Folk: Interview with Elizabeth Mary Cummings

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We’re heading down to Verityville to find out more about the characters and their delightful, passionate and talented author, Elizabeth Mary Cummings. We recently celebrated the release of Elizabeth’s new picture book, Rain Shaker, which you can revisit here. Writing from a child’s perspective, Elizabeth takes on a fresh way of seeing the world and the roles of others in it. Her Verityville series acts as a link to engaging children in literature with real life topics and reinforcing that ‘fresh perspective’, activism and appreciation for the value of our environment and society. Join us in learning more about Elizabeth’s inspirations and motivations, and her lively Verityville books (illustrated by Johanna Roberts).


Where do your ideas come from?

Image from The Sweetest Lollipop Lady in the World

     

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Image from Mrs T and the Magic Pencil

What is your interesting writing quirk?

Image from Hair Magic

How did you learn about the craft of writing?

Image from Mrs T and the Magic Pencil

     

Some of your other independent books…

I have a psychology background (my undergraduate degree was psychology and business studies), so I have always been fascinated with the psychological aspect of life – my first book was The Disappearing Sister – a sibling’s account of anorexia nervosa (2015) and more recently I have published another picture book on mental health for children titled The Very Bad Thing – a narrative about trauma and survival.

My newest independent release is Amazing Hands, a non-fiction STEM book about hands – what they do, where they go and how they come into contact with germs. Essentially it is a book to help children understand why hand washing and hygienic practices are important and how they can be in control of their personal hygiene without instilling fear about disease.

 

 

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In case you missed it… The advert trailer of the lively picture book series, Verityville

Follow Elizabeth Cummings and purchase the Verityville books at the website:

Elizabeth Mary Cummings: https://elizabethmarycummings.com/

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Marvel at the ordinary made extraordinary with Elizabeth Mary Cummings and her wonderful series, Verityville, appearing at the following media sources…

 

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