Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to Allison Paterson and her delightful new picture book I Wonder with illustrations by Nancy Bevington and published by Big Sky Publishing. This post is part of a Books On Tour promotion.
I previously introduced you to Allison when I interviewed her about her non-fiction book Australia Remembers: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and War Memorials.
About Allison Paterson
Allison Marlow Paterson is an Australian Author who writes stories for children and adults.
Allison’s writing reflects her passion for the past. In addition to creating books for adults and picture books about growing up on the farm, she is the author of the ABIA and CBCA notable title Anzac Sons: Five Brothers on the Western Front.
Her 2018 release Australia Remembers: Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and War Memorials heralded a new non-fiction series, with the next – Customs and Traditions of the Australian Defence Force – arriving in 2021. Allison’s first novel for young adults – Follow After Me – was created while undertaking a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship.
I Wonder is Allison’s latest picture book for children and is inspired by Australia’s beautiful beaches and her concern for the environment
The Sunshine Coast is where Allison enjoys life as a writer, presenter and publishing consultant.
About I Wonder
The little wooden boat has been left behind in the sand dunes. Odd things pass it by, tumbling and floating into the ocean – a chip packet, a takeaway cup and a plastic bag. The little wooden boat wonders and worries … Is it a forgotten thing? Is it just rubbish now? Will it ever find a home again? This delightful tale will inspire readers to take the small steps needed to care for their world – no matter how young they are!
What I like about I Wonder
I Wonder is a delightful picture book for 4 – 8-year-olds, told from the point of view of a toy sailboat. The sailboat loved his days at the beach, playing in the waves and the rockpools with his young owner. Until, one day, he was left behind, forgotten, and life wasn’t so good any more. As the sailboat lies in the sand, he encounters a number of other discarded items — rubbish, litter and waste. The little sailboat wonders about what has and will become of him, and worries that he might be rubbish, litter or waste also. Until one day, he is found and restored by a family who clean up the beach as part of their outing.
Bevington’s peaceful watercolour illustrations beautifully complement Paterson’s gentle story and remind me of my childhood days growing up at the beach. We feel for the sailboat in his abandonment and loneliness and, in a subtle way, are encouraged to think about the waste on the beach and wonder what happens to it and what we can do about it.
At the conclusion of the book, Paterson leaves us with some child-friendly information about the importance of our natural world and suggests some easy steps we can take to protect it.
I think this is another lovely book to add to the collection of those that inspire children to wonder about and protect our world. It is through the ability to wonder that appreciation of and care for our planet develops.
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