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Wednesday 1 April 2015

Review: Meet Banjo Paterson

There is no doubt Banjo Paterson is one of Australia's most loved poets. So it would only be fitting that Meet Banjo Paterson is the next book in the Meet... series of picture books about the extraordinary men and women who have helped shape Australia's history.

Andrew Barton ‘Banjo’ Paterson spent his early years in country NSW. He was sent to finish his education in Sydney, where he eventually worked as a lawyer. Paterson missed the bush and, using the pseudonym ‘the Banjo’, began to write stories that brought the bush to the city.

This is the story of how Banjo came to write his most famous poems and stories, including The Man from Snowy River and Waltzing Matilda.

Using quotes from Paterson’s poems, Kristin Weidenbach cleverly tells the story of how Banjo Paterson came to fame, as well as the inspiration behind his poems in a way that is accessible and entertaining to children. James Gulliver Hancock’s illustrations are almost lyrical, beautifully complementing the style of the story. James Gulliver Hancock says he didn’t need to look far to find what Banjo Paterson looked like. “I only had to get out my wallet to see the famous portrait on the $10 note to get a vibe of his stately nose”.

Children will not only relish in the detailed illustrations, but Meet Banjo Paterson also gives children the opportunity to discover and enjoy Banjo’s poetry in a new way.

With a timeline in the back of the book, as well as teacher’s notes available, Meet Banjo Paterson is a delight to read and will prove to be a valuable resource on any child’s shelf and in any Australian classroom.

Title: Meet Banjo Paterson (Meet... series)
Author: Kristin Weidenbach
Illustrator: James Gulliver Hancock
Publisher: Random House Australia, RRP $24.99
Publication Date: 1 April 2015
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9780857980083
For ages: 5-9
Type: Picture Book