Monday, December 20, 2010

21st December

Given the unpredictability of the weather in Australia at the moment and all the stories of hardship it has caused I can't help but think of Rick and Bronwyn Searle's Follow Me. This book is probably out of print but if you can find it in a library, and it is in our school library, it is a good book to start a discussion about weather and the damage it causes, but it also looks at how life goes on and at how renewal can come from disaster. This picture book charts the story of a fig seedling that a small boy finds growing on a building in Darwin. He plants it and it lives through Cyclone Tracy which occurred on Christmas Eve in 1974. It becomes a symbol for renewal, strength and remembrance during a time of great turbulence.

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