Everyone is part of History, and every place has a story as old as the earth.
My Place depicts the history of one particular piece of land in Sydney from 1788 to 1988 through the stories of the various children who have lived there. It aims to teach the reader about the history of Australia, about families, settlers, multiculturalism, and the traditional owners of the land. Each child's story covers a decade in time, showing their particular dress, customs and family life. The book also features maps that the successive generations of children have 'drawn' which demonstrate the things that have changed - as well as the things that have remained constant. Revised edition featuring new artwork and text.
This fascinating book is like a time capsule of the first 200 years of white settlement in Australia, demonstrating that the Australian community has been influenced by cultures from all around the globe. I found myself just as involved in the story as my children were. If you are looking for a way to introduce your primary school-aged children to Australia’s modern history, this book is a wonderful way to begin.
Kids' Book Review
For anyone with young children, especially if you want them to learn a bit about Australia, this is a cracking read. It really brings Australian history to life.
Brilliant children’s book showing the same suburb visited each ten years, beginning from the present day and travelling backwards until pre colonial days. This book could be read forwards or backwards. It is jammed with history but doesn’t feel like a history lesson. Each decade is accompanied by a detailed illustration showing the changes time has made. No wonder it won the Children’s Book of the Year.