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Saturday, 30 March 2013

Review: Remembering Lionsville

“This story is about my family’s life in Lionsville, nestled in the valley of the Washpool and Wingar Forests. It is a story of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people existing in support of each other.”

I have always loved Bronwyn Bancroft’s artworks – their vibrancy and sense of texture and movement. Her beautiful illustrations combined with her childhood memories of her family and experiences in Lionsville left me with goosebumps. It was inspiring to read about a childhood and family remembered with such fondness.

Remembering Lionsville is a wonderful reminder of the value of handing down family stories and encouraging the next generation with stories from the past. It is also a lovely account of the self-sufficient lifestyle of those living in the Australian bush.

I love Bronwyn’s encouragement at the end of the book: ‘I urge you to listen to your old people, write stuff down, do drawings and, most of all, take pride in your family’s struggles and victories.’ Reading Remembering Lionsville would be a lovely way of encouraging children to put together a collection of stories and drawings to celebrate their favourite family memories and places.

Title:  Remembering Lionsville
Author/Illustrator:  Bronwyn Bancroft
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $29.99 RRP
Publication Date:  30 January 2013
Format:  Paperback
ISBN:  9781742373201
For ages:  5+
Type: Picture book

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