Author Coral Vass introduces a new generation to one of Australia’s most inspiring sportsmen, mapping Bradman’s cricketing career from his childhood enthusiasm for the game and brief foray into competitive tennis in high school to his early local success and eventual international acclaim.
The story focuses not only on Bradman’s amazing sporting prowess, but also shares the historical and social context of his achievements, which allows readers to understand what his success meant to a nation struggling with the challenges of the Great Depression and beginning to develop a distinct national identity.
Coral Vass’s engaging text is accompanied by personality-filled illustrations by Brad Howe that perfectly complement the story. The book concludes with a timeline spanning Bradman’s life and career from his birth in August 1908 to his death in February 2001. There are teachers' notes available.
The Meet... series is a fantastic way to introduce young readers to Australian history through the life stories of iconic men and women. The series currently features the following titles:
Meet Ned Kelly
Meet Mary MacKillop
Meet Captain Cook
Meet the Anzacs
Meet Douglas Mawson
Meet Nancy Bird Walton
Meet Banjo Paterson
Meet Weary Dunlop
Meet Sydney Nolan
Title: Meet Don Bradman (Meet... series)
Author: Coral Vass
Illustrator: Brad Howe
Publisher: Random House, $ 24.99
Publication Date: 18 April 2016
For ages: 5 - 10
Type: Picture Book