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Wednesday 5 September 2012

Review: Nancy Bentley

When I picked up Nancy Bentley, I expected to learn about a grown woman sailing around the world in the style of Amelia Earhart. Nothing could have prepared me for the tale of little girl who was bitten by a deadly whip snake in 1920.

Medical help was too far away. The poison was racing through Nancy’s veins. What would you do to save your daughter? Row out to a naval ship anchored in the harbour? Who would have guessed that females were prohibited from even boarding naval vessels in those days?

Lucky for Nancy, the captain was quick to render assistance. He even had a solution for Nancy’s unusual predicament. Can you guess how Nancy was saved? How did she manage to become Australia’s first female sailor?

I won’t spoil the suspense. Go on. Read Nancy Bentley and find out for yourself.

Nancy Bentley is simply written with illustrations tinged with an old world charm. Grounded in fact and condensed for pre-schoolers to enjoy, Nancy Bentley is a keeper.

Title: Nancy Bentley: The First Australian Female Sailor
Author: Tracey Hawkins
Illustrator: Jacqui Grantford
Publisher: New Frontier Publishers, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: January 2012
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781921042768
For ages: 4 +
Type: Picture Book