Give Me a Home Among the Gum Trees by Bob Brown & Wally Johnson
Illustrated By Ben Wood
Reviewed by Tom (age 9)
This book is about a song about Australia. In the pictures there are a lot of Australian animals that make a house among the gum trees and have a lot of plum trees. I really like the pictures and the funny thing the animals are doing. I really like how they are making vegemite toast.
I would read it again.
I rate it 7.5/10
This is a picture book featuring part of the Australian song 'Give Me a Home among the Gum Trees'. I feel like a bad Aussie parent as my children didn't know the song or even the tune. I am surprised that they have never heard it at school. I am now going to try find a CD version of the song for them to listen too. After reading and singing the song we came back and discussed the pictures. Tom identified most of the Australian animals but thought the possum was a squirrel. This reinforces for me the need to find more Australian books to educate them about our unique Australian culture, flora and fauna. They are too exposed to American content on television and as a proud Aussie I need to be more pro-active in exposing them to Australian content.
The pictures in the book are lovely and have a very Australian feel.