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Monday 11 August 2014

Review: Our Village in the Sky

Living close to the sun does not mean the days are hot. Our Village in the Sky paints vivid word images of what life is like for children today in a remote Himalayan village. There are no washing machines, only rocks and a river. There are no plastic toys, but there lots of things to play with. 

Janeen Brian’s words work like a rhythmic patchwork weaving images of weather through everyday scenes of cooking, washing and play and Anne Spudvilas’s illustrations take up where Janeen’s words leave off. Together they have created a vibrant world above the clouds.

I want to go there, but know how harsh this world is, thanks to the Janeen’s vivid descriptions and Anne’s equally compelling illustrations.

This picture book alternative to a travel guide for younger children has more words than usual in a contemporary picture book, yet the text is tight: no word is wasted. I couldn’t get enough of the cheeky grins, colourful scarves and details of daily living.

Our Village in the Sky is a keeper for anyone interested in other lands, different cultures or children.

There are teachers' notes available for this book. You can also download a free audio file of the book with narration by Elizabeth Parkinson and Will Grosser from Immanuel College, South Australia.

Title: Our Village in the Sky
Author: Janeen Brian
Illustrator: Anne Spudvilas
Publisher: Allen & Unwin. $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 23 July 2014
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9781743318140
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book