The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Posted by Sherry on 2/8/2017 in Adult Fiction, Australia, Historical fiction, Literary fiction |

Movies and books don’t usually make me cry. Even as I’ve become more emotional and easily moved in my old age, I still rarely cry in response to a fictional narrative. After all, it’s fiction, didn’t really happen. Well, trigger warning, The Light Between Oceans made me bawl. In my bed at 1:00 in the […]


The Nargun and the Stars by Patricia Wrightson

Posted by Sherry on 2/1/2016 in 1974, Australia, Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fiction |

This Australian classic won the Children’s Book Council of Australia Award for Book of the Year in 1974, and its author, Patricia Wrightson, is the only Australian author to have been awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for lasting contributions to children’s literature. I found a copy of The Nargun and the Stars in the […]


Baker’s Dozen: Books to Read for my Around the World Project

I’m planning a new project for 2016, an expansion of my Africa Project. This one is an around the world project in which I hope to read at least one children’s book from or related to each nation of the world. Some countries are easier than others to find books, available in English and written […]


The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant

Posted by Sherry on 9/24/2014 in Afghanistan, Australia, Young Adult Fiction |

“You writers always have to be so cryptic.” So says a character in this Australian YA fiction title, honored by The Children’s Book Council of Australia, but, she said it, full of cryptic. The Ink Bridge tells the story of two young men, one Afghani named Omed and one Australian boy named Hector, Hec for […]


The Secret River by Kate Grenville

Posted by Sherry on 10/3/2006 in Around the World, Australia, General, History |

We just finished watching the PBS series, Colonial House, where a group of twenty-first century Americans and Britishers go back in time to the year 1628 and attempt to build a colonial settlement in rural Maine. One of the issues with which they had to grapple was their relationship to the Native Americans upon whose […]


Two Books by Nevil Shute

Posted by Sherry on 9/27/2006 in 1957, Around the World, Australia, General, Movies |

On the Beach by British author Nevil Shute was published in 1957, the same year I was born. It tells the story of the last survivors of a nuclear war that has left enough radioactive fallout to eventually blanket the entire globe and annihilate all humankind. Almost the last inhabitable places are near Melbourne in […]


Week 5 of World Geography: Australia and New Zealand continued

Posted by Sherry on 9/11/2006 in Around the World, Australia |

Music: Wolferl, the first six years in the life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1762—Weil Mozart, the Wonder Boy–Wheeler Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—Ein Kleine Nachtmusik K.365 Mission Study: 1. Windows on the World: Minangkabau 2. WotW: Sundanese Poems: Anne Bradstreet. We’re reading her poems not because she has anything to do with Australia, but because my American […]


Week 4 of World Geography: Australia and New Zealand

Posted by Sherry on 9/4/2006 in Around the World, Australia, Education and Homeschool |

Music: Franz Joseph Haydn—Farewell Symphony 45 Joseph Haydn, the Merry Little Peasant–Wheeler The Boy Who Loved Music–Lasker. We have an ex-library copy of this picture book about Haydn’s Farewell Symphony, which is why I chose that piece for us to listen to this week.. Mission Study: 1. Window on the World: Fiji 2. WotW: New […]


To This Great Stage of Fools: Born October 27th

Posted by Sherry on 10/27/2005 in --October, Australia, Birthdays |

James Cook, b. 1728. Famous English sea captain and explorer, he discovered the Hawaiian Islands and was killed in Hawaii on February 14, 1779. He also was the first European to visit New Zealand while looking for a southern continent that was believed to exist in order to keep the earth in balance. This book […]


Praying in Australia

Posted by Sherry on 10/8/2004 in Australia, Church, General |

Christians in Australia are gathering together to pray for their nation and for upcoming elections. Sounds like a good idea.

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